Nicola Sturgeon has defended her rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, after he backed a hotel developer accused of illegally destroying an ancient pinewood in the Cairngorms.
Leaked emails prompt accusations that the rural economy minister, Fergus Ewing, breached the ministerial code of conduct by intervening in a planning dispute in the Cairngorms.
Scotland’s forests are treated and sprayed every year with hundreds of kilograms of a toxic pesticide blamed for killing bees and butterflies, The Ferret can reveal.
A killer tree disease has spread to Scotland’s main timber crop, sikta spruce, raising fears for the environment and the £1 billion forestry industry.
Wildlife, walking and woodland attractions are under threat from plans by Scotland’s largest public landowner to slash specialist staff.