Stronafian Forest buy-out bid

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The Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust in Argyll has applied to purchase over 600 hectares of surplus land and woodland, known as Stronafian Forest, in Cowal and Trossachs Forest District.

The Trust is applying to Forestry Commission Scotland’s National Forest Land Scheme, which gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits.

Colintraive and Glendaruel Development Trust aims to generate a sustainable source of revenue for the local community, provide employment and business opportunities for local residents and enhance the environmental and recreational resources.

The Trust’s plans include the sale of house plots and the creation of woodland crofts for affordable local housing, creation of recreational access, development of a small community-owned wind turbine and using the forest as an educational resource.

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 and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by Friday 3 December, 2010.

Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, 'Woodlands', Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to

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

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 660,000 hectare national forest estate. The Commission’s woodlands are making a difference to the well being of Scotland’s people and their communities. Local woodlands act as a catalyst for communities to meet up, get involved with projects and volunteering, or simply enjoy the many walking trails, bike rides and peace and quiet that forests and woodlands can offer.