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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

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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 

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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

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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.


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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.


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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

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Kilpatrick Hills walking link to John Muir Way

The Kilpatrick Hills offers a taste of the Highlands on Glasgow's doorstep, just nine miles from the city centre with spectacular views over Glasgow and the River Clyde, as well as hill walking and bike-riding and the chance to spot red deer, otters and ospreys.

 An urban view

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White-tailed sea eagle success

The National Forest Estate is home to many treasured species of wildlife – from colourful dragonflies to majestic red deer to rare white-tailed sea eagles. Forests are great places for wildlife providing lots of different habitats, from the airy canopy to sheltered forest floors.

The forest provides a home for wildlife

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Queen’s View Visitor Centre shortlisted for award

We are proud that our recently refurbished Queen's View Visitor Centre has been shortlisted for the prestigious Association of Heritage Interpretation 'Discover Heritage 2015' awards.

Queen's View postbox

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