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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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Top spot for our Forest Craftsperson Apprentice

Emma Staniforth, Forest Craftsperson Apprentice based in our Dumfries and Borders Office scooped two awards at the Lantra Scotland awards.

Emma, who had no practical experience of forestry before joining Forestry Commission Scotland in August 2014, was crowned overall Learner of the Year, as well as picking up the Trees and Timber Learner of the Year.

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Management of the National Forest Estate reconfirmed as industry best practice

Sustainable Forest Management is at the heart of how we look after the National Forest Estate, and we are delighted to have passed an audit by United Kingdom Woodland Assurance Standard with flying colours.

Gaining certification means being assessed against criteria that includes management planning, consultation, woodland design, operations, conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. Woodland access and recreation for local communities is also a factor that is audited. 


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The significance of deer on the NFE

The Scottish deer population is estimated to be around 777,000 and has an important part to play in Scotland’s biodiversity.

Deer can have a major effect on habitat and the landscape. To help protect the forest environment, we play a significant role in sustainable deer management through the proactive management of deer numbers, densities and damage impacts on the National Forest Estate (NFE).

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Community Champions wanted

Want to train as a forestry volunteer but don’t know where to start? Our Voluntary Community Champion (VCC) Programme could be the place for you to take that first step.

The voluntary programme is a one year initiative which trains people from minority groups to lead events and activities in woodlands and forests. The programme aims to educate people from diverse backgrounds, providing knowledge and skills on how to access their local woodlands for the benefits of health, work and play.

It has been running for two years now and has been very successful to help everyone enjoy the woodlands.

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