Press releases

All the latest press releases from Forestry Commission Scotland and the National Forest Estate. You can follow this feed with RSS or Atom, or on Twitter. We also publish news articles on our news blog.


Views wanted on Mabie forest

Forest Enterprise Scotland is inviting local people and visitors making use of Mabie Forest to help shape how the popular woodland is managed.

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Lodge visitor centre gets new catering team

The 5-star Lodge Forest Visitor Centre by Aberfoyle is to get a new team for the café and shop from July.

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Help shape Aberdeen's woods

Visitors to woodlands around Aberdeen are being asked to take part in a survey to help Forest Enterprise Scotland make those forests more appealing to more people.

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Inverness woods and you

Local people and visitors making use of woodlands around Inverness are being invited to help shape how those woodlands are managed.

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Felling started to combat larch tree disease

Forest Enterprise Scotland is undertaking felling operations around Ae, Dumfries and Ayrshire in order to slow the spread of a tree disease.

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Scotland delivers nearly 80% of UK new planting

A marked increase in the yearly tree planting figures has been described as “very encouraging” by Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing. Figures just released today show that 7,100 hectares of new woodland was planted during 2017/18, a rise of 2,300 hectares from the previous year. This means that Scotland was responsible for 78% of new woodland creation in the UK last year.

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Communities empowered through woodland ownership

Three community groups have been given the go-ahead to purchase woodland on the National Forest Estate in order to provide benefits for local people. The transfer of ownership is being organised under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme (CATS), which gives communities the opportunity to buy or lease land on the National Forest Estate.

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Celebrate Vaisakhi in the woods

Join Forestry Commission Scotland and Operation Play Outdoors on Saturday 9th June to celebrate the annual Sikh festival, Vaisakhi, in the woods. Taking place in Malls Mire Community Woodlands from 11am – 2pm, the event celebrates the Punjabi New Year and spring harvest, whilst promoting the importance of enjoying the great outdoors.

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Woodland therapy celebrates 10-year anniversary

Forestry Commission Scotland’s (FCS) award-winning mental health and wellbeing project, Branching Out, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month (May).

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