Forestry and woodlands

People and projects across the country that are doing their best to save nature were celebrated at the recent Nature of Scotland Awards 2019.

Nine awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Sheraton Grant Hotel in Edinburgh hosted by wildlife cameraman and TV presenter Gordon Buchanan and BBC Scotland radio and TV presenter Euan McIlwraith. 

Are you in the Grampian area? Thinking about planting trees?

Agroforestry Workshop: Practical design for your farm

Agroforestry has multiple benefits for farm businesses and nature, but it’s important to plant the right tree in the right place for the right reasons. Come to this practical design workshop to develop plans that you can take home and carry out.

Are you in a position to make environmental change at a landscape scale?

Soil Association Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates are looking for ambitious and forward-looking land managers to apply to their new Landscape Leadership programme, where you will develop the skills needed to make change happen.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced £20,000 of funding for projects to engage young people with nature.

The Future Routes Fund aims to help young people aged 11-26 to improve their local environment, increase their knowledge and understanding of Scottish biodiversity and provide more opportunities to connect with nature.

The first ever National Islands Plan for Scotland has been laid before the Scottish Parliament for consideration.

The proposed National Islands Plan provides a framework for action in order to meaningfully improve outcomes for Scotland's island communities.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has annouced that an additional 20,000 trees will be planted in and around Beinn Eighe next year.

The commitment was made at the start of Scotland's Climate Week and is part of work to expand native woodlands on some of the country's National Nature Reserves (NNRs).

Find out about free assistance available for land managers considering the opportunities for woodland creation in this article from Scottish Forestry.

Significant opportunities exist for Land Managers to maximise their business productivity and sustainability by adding value to underproductive/marginal land through tree planting.

This autumn sees the launch of the first Great Scottish Squirrel Survey.

During National Red Squirrel Week (23-29 September), the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) project is calling on people to get outdoors, explore nature and be on the lookout
for tufted ears and bushy tails.

SSRS monitors squirrel populations throughout the year, but autumn is a particularly rewarding time for squirrel-watching as they busy themselves gathering food and preparing for the colder months ahead.

Making Woodland Work for You: Exploring forestry opportunities on farm

Soil Association Scotland are hosting a poractical day exploring the benefits of planting and managing trees on your farm, including:

A practical day exploring the benefits of planting and managing trees on your land, including: