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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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Forestry and Water Scotland

A new initiative has been launched across the Scottish forestry sector to reduce diffuse pollution risk by improving forestry practice

The Forestry and Water Scotland initiative brings together new and established resources to help forest owners, managers and practitioners follow good forestry practice to improve water management on their sites.

Two new resources just published are the Know the Rules bookletand Keep Your Distance vehicle sticker. Both contain straightforward messages to help Operators to raise the bar on how forestry operations are planned, communicated and managed to protect the water environment.


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Bumper acorn crop helps native woodlands

Around 1.2 million acorns have been collected in Galloway Forest Park as part of a project to expand and link native Ancient Oakwoods which will create semi natural habitats from the hill tops to the coast.

The project involves restoring Protected Ancient Woodlands sites and linking the woodlands through forest restructuring via natural regeneration and planting of local provenance native species.

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Napier’s timber technology research hub

Very recently, Edinburgh Napier University announced that it will be investing £3 million into a new research hub that will support the construction of sustainable housing in the UK.

The University says that the facility will be open in the Spring 2017 and that it will work with the industry to “accelerate the development of a range of timber technologies.”


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Floating pier helps Scotland’s rural economy

Timber haulage is an important part of the forestry life cycle, benefitting communities and the economy.

With timber harvesting rising to over 7 million tonnes per annum in Scotland, the Scottish Timber Transport Scheme seeks to facilitate the sustainable transport of timber for the benefit of local communities and the environment.  It has funding of £2.2m in 2016/17.

One of the approved projects in 2016 is a floating pier to be built in Ardcastle in West Argyll.


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