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Growing trees on farms

The beneficial impact of growing trees on farms was highlighted at a Soil Association Scotland event in Dumfries in June.

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Pine Martens thriving in Galloway

Foresters in Galloway FD identified a unique opportunity to record a natal den site of Pine Martens as part of a project to increase Pine Marten survival.

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Review of forestry planting approval procedures June 2017

Jim Mackinnon submitted his up-dated review of progress in implementing the recommendations to reduce the complexity, duration and cost of woodland creation applications.

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Dog owners should visit local woodlands and green space to boost health

New research has shown how dog owners can keep themselves and their dogs happier and healthier by walking more often in woods around towns and cities. 

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Forestry: Adding Value

As part of the SRDP Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund we joined forces with Soil Association Scotland to hold a practical day looking at how farms can improve integration between farming and forestry as well as reap the benefits of managing their woodland.

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Open days highlight careers available in Scotland's forests

School pupils and members of the public enjoyed two open days recently that highlighted the range of careers and activities available in Scotland’s forests.

Pupils from Aboyne Academy, Grantown Grammar, Inverness High School,  Kingussie and Millburn Academy took part in a range of workshops and craft sessions and watched demonstrations that included tree-climbing, green woodworking, dendrochronology activities and making bug hotels.

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Review of forestry planting approval procedures

Reducing the complexity, duration and cost of woodland creation applications is our aim following a review of the process by Jim Mackinnon CBE.  This will help boost our aim to increase woodland creation and meet the new goals laid out in the climate change plan.

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Borders pet rescue tree planting day

Over 1,300 trees were planted in four hours by the Borders Pet Rescue in Earlston, in the borders.

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Civil Engineering Foundation Apprentices make a valuable contribution to Culloden Woods

A group of civil engineering foundation apprentices lent their skills to Forest Enterprise Scotland in a hands-on bridge improvement project.

The nine first and second year students (S5 and S6 school pupils) carried out surveying and design work using Computer Aided Design (CAD) on two foot-bridges within Culloden Woods, assessing the bridges and putting forward their recommendations for restoration.

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