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Loch Lomond: a year in the wild

‘Loch Lomond: a year in the wild’ is a new nature documentary produced by Tigress and Group M Entertainment that was filmed in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The filming took place over a year – often in secret locations – and was shown on Channel 5 as a series of four films, following wildlife throughout the seasons. It is a story of birth and death, predators and prey, struggle and survival, in one of Britain’s wildest places.


Celebrating 10 years of our Woods In and Around Towns programme

We are celebrating 10 successful years of our Woods In and Around Towns WIAT) initiative. This innovative programme aims to improve the quality of life for people living and working in urban Scotland by making woodlands more welcoming, particularly in some of Scotland's most socially deprived communities.


Annual Review 2014-15

We have recently published our two Annual Reviews for 2014-15. One covers the National Forest Estate and the other Forestry Commission Scotland. Each review showcases the highlights of our work over the financial year (31 March 2014 - 1 April 2015).

loch katrine


Woodland makeover for University Ayr and Ailsa

A four year project at University Hospital Ayr and Ailsa has transformed the hospital grounds into a place for people to use for physical activity, relaxation and recuperation.

teaching circle


Accolade for the Great Trossachs Forest

We are excited that the Great Trossachs Forest – in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - has received the National Nature Reserve accolade. It is also the largest NNR in the UK at over 16,000 hectares – an area almost as big as Glasgow, or 22,000 football pitches!

The National Nature Reserve accolade is awarded to sites that are managed both for the conservation of important species or habitats, and to help people enjoy nature.

family walking 


Milestone for the A82 project

The final tree felling work at Glen Righ near Fort William is now complete and marks a big milestone in the A82 project - one of our most challenging projects to date. 

glen righ jan keeping road clean


Exploring the archaeology of Dun Deardail

The first ever archaeological excavation at the Iron Age fort of Dun Deardail in Glen Nevis has taken place. Over 750 visitors (including over 250 local school children) visited the site during the two week excavation to learn more about the fort and its archaeologal story.



New native woodland in Galloway Forest Park

We have taken inspiration from Europe’s mountain areas, treeline woodland and montane scrub habitat to create a new native woodland at on Bennan Hill and the lower slopes of Benyellary in Galloway Forest Park. We are aiming to enhance the whole of the area in terms of wildlife and landscape.



Youth employment skills training

Our Employment Skills Programme works with young people who are furthest from the job market, many have had chaotic lifestyles and have to deal with learning difficulties, drug and alcohol issues, homelessness, criminal records and workless families. The programme is designed to equip them with skills training, work experience and formal qualifications in order to help them gain paid employment.

Training in the outdoors has a very positive effect in terms of delivering technical skills, as well as other skills including: communication; team work; increasing self confidence; and self belief.

Green Action Angels

Green action angels