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FCS delivers on the Mackinnon recommendations

The review of forestry planting approvals has been “an exciting opportunity to increase the pace of woodland creation delivery to benefit all stakeholders in Scotland”, according to James Nott, FCS Conservator for Grampian, who has led the implementation of the Mackinnon report.

FCS has been working to make tree planting easier, faster and more transparent following a review of the process by Jim Mackinnon CBE in December 2016. New figures reveal that over 10,000ha of new planting proposals were approved during 2017, an increase of 2,500ha from the previous year.

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New workshops for woodland creation grants

Five workshops are being held across Scotland to help people applying for woodland creation grants to get the application right first time.

The workshops will explore the launch of the new applicant’s guidance due out soon, detailing the stages required for compiling a woodland creation proposal following the Mackinnon Review.

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The Forest, episode 5.

The popular documentary series, The Forest, is on tonight - BBC One Scotland at 19.30hours. Filmed over six months, the six part series gets views up close and personal with those who live and work in Galloway Forest Park.

Our Community Projects Manager, Lyndy Renwick, based in Galloway, was involved with the filming. Here she gives us an insight into the filming and explains a bit about her role.

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The Forest, episode 3

The Forest, BBC One Scotland’s new six part documentary series, returns to the screens tonight following the different people and timber related organisations that benefit from Galloway Forest Park.


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Water voles thriving in the Trossachs

Water voles are recolonising restored wetlands in the Trossachs thanks to an ambitious re-introduction project. Over 1,000 animals were released into 1,700ha of restored wetland habitat on the National Forest Estate and are now thriving throughout the Trossachs. In November last year, this project was shortlisted for The Nature of Scotland Awards which gives recognition to conservation projects for their excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature.



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The Forest

Galloway Forest Park – the largest Forest Park in Britain – is set to star in a new BBC One Scotland documentary series on Monday 8 January at 19.30.   

Filmed over six months, The Forest, follows all the different people and timber related organisations that benefit from Galloway Forest Park, showcasing how the National Forest Estate delivers and supports so many aspects of life.

It is made by Tern TV – the same production team that brought us the popular programmes The Harbour in Aberdeen, The Mountain based around Aviemore and The River in the Scottish Borders.

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Registration of the National Forest Estate

As Scotland moves towards a single system of registration for land and property titles, work progresses on adding all of the National Forest Estate (NFE) to the Land Register.  In May 2014 Scottish Ministers requested the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland to complete the Land Register and gave a commitment to ensure that all public land would be registered within 5 years.

The land register is a digital, map-based public record of land ownership in Scotland and replaces the 400-year-old deeds-based General Register of Sasines. Once complete, the Land Register of Scotland will provide a full picture of exactly who owns what across the country.

The land register will be a national asset for Scotland and will make buying and selling property easier, faster and cheaper. It will allow anyone to find out who owns what through an easy online search.

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Broughton farm walk success

The recent farm walk at Gascoigne Farm, near Broughton proved to be a great success. Approximately 30 people attended the event designed to encourage local landowners to think about diversifying their sheep farm to include more woodlands and forests for many benefits, not least income.


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Modern Apprentice opportunity for budding foresters

Interested in learning forestry skills such as tree planting, felling and organising community recreation events? Forest Enterprise Scotland is looking for eight new Modern Apprentices to begin a career in forestry.

Based in the south of Scotland, the successful apprentices will receive on the job experience and training with a Forest Enterprise Scotland team, backed with further skills provided by SRUC’s Barony campus.

Adverts have been issued and the recruitment process will take place over the next few months, with the new apprentices starting work early in 2018.

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