Enzie Crossroads Community Woodland Association apply to purchase woodland at Longhill, Moray

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16 JULY 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16320

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Enzie Crossroads Community Woodland Association (ECCWA)has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase 3 hectares of woodland at Longhill, Moray.

Administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits.

The ECCWA wish to acquire this site to retain the closeness of the Community, who use the woodland on a frequent basis for recreation, by improving access and upgrading pathways.  They intend to restore and manage the woodland as a permanent asset and source of pride to the local area.

A 28-day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.

Details of the application can be viewed on line at www.forestry.gov.uk/nfls and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by Thursday August 14.

Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, 'Woodlands', Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to malcolm.wield@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available, unless requested to keep comments confidential.

Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk