Tales from the forest

Inspiration, stories and an insider's glimpse into the world of Scotland's forests

Tales from the forest

Welcome to the Forestry Commission Scotland blog. Here you'll find inspiration, stories and an insider's glimpse into the world of Scotland's forests.

Forests to discover around Glasgow and Edinburgh


A forest adventure is closer than you think. If you’re one of the over 1 million people that call Edinburgh or Glasgow home, you may be surprised to know there are several forests on the doorstep to your city just waiting to be explored.

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Can you help us protect Scotland’s forests?

tweed valley landscape

A trip to the forest is something everyone can enjoy, whether you’re on two legs, two wheels or four paws. The forest is a place where we can relax, discover and play. The forest is a special place, and we need your help to keep it that way.

Did you know that tree diseases can hitch a lift from forest to forest on mucky boots, paws or tyres? The spreading of diseases and pests between woodlands is becoming a real threat to forests across Scotland and beyond.

Luckily, there are little things we can all do to slow the spread of anything harmful, and help keep our forests healthy and beautiful...

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Come and try Cuningar Loop

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We’re hosting a series of special events at Cuningar Loop, an exciting Legacy 2014 project which has transformed 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into an attractive woodland park.

We want to give you a first peek of this exciting new park at our Come and Try events, so you can see what the new park has to offer before our grand opening in spring 2016.

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10 ways to enjoy Queen Elizabeth Forest Park this summer

Do a little, do a lot...


1. Take part in the Alice in Wonderland quiz on the Waterfall Trail at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre. Quiz sheets are available from the reception.

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Camping and glamping in the forest


Summer is here! (No really, we promise, it is…) And it’s the perfect time to dust off the camping gear, pack up the essentials and herd the family out to the countryside for a night or two under the canvas.

If you’re looking for lovely places to pitch up in the woods, look no further than our guide to camping and glamping in the forest. From no frills, off the beaten track slumbering, to super comfortable, chilling under the stars – read on for inspiration.

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Behind the scenes at Cuningar Loop

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We’re working in partnership with Clyde Gateway on a really exciting Legacy 2014 project that’s transforming 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into an attractive woodland park called Cuningar Loop.

We are working hard to make sure Cuningar Loop is perfect for all of our visitors. The new park is really taking shape and we can't wait to share it with you when we open later this year. We are hoping to hold 'Come and Try' events at Cuningar Loop in the late summer and will publish details on the website closer to the time.

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Spotting wildlife in Scotland’s forests


From the glimpse of a soaring golden eagle to the sudden appearance of a majestic red deer in the woods, observing animals in their natural habitat is a magical and unforgettable experience.

Whether you’re a fan of our furry friend, the red squirrel, or fancy learning more about the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland, there are plenty of opportunities in forests up and down the country to get closer to nature.

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Spring into our Easter events


There’s a change in the air - the daffodils are coming out in bloom, the days are getting that wee bit longer and brighter, and the kids are super excited about two whole weeks off school.

If you’re looking for something to entertain the family this Easter, look no further. Our Easter events in the forest promise to be so much fun, even the Easter bunny himself is hoping to come along…

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Snowdrops in the forest


The official Scottish Snowdrop Festival runs from 31st January to 15th March, but snowdrops – being as versatile as they are – can pop up anywhere in the country from autumn to late spring.

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