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Forestry Commission Scotland and Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE) are holding drop-in events over two days for the public to get views on how Leanachan Forest could be developed for tourism and recreation.
All views will go towards shaping a ‘masterplan’ which is exploring the potential for developing a 60 hectare area across from the Nevis Range.
Close to Fort William, the forest has a world-wide reputation for its mountain biking and walking. Further leisure and recreation development could bring a welcome boost to the local economy.
The drop-in sessions are being held at the Pinemarten Café Bar (Nevis Range) on Tuesday 21st May between 4.30pm -7pm and Wednesday 22nd May, between 10am-3.30pm.
Kevin Peace, Forestry Commission Scotland’s District Manager in Lochaber said:
“Leanachan Forest is very popular with visitors. They come of for the rugged scenery, the ski-ing, world-class mountain biking and scenic walking trails.
“The forest has been identified as an area of potential tourism development and we would like to hear from the public how they think this could be done.
“The drop-in day is a perfect opportunity for the public to find out more about the masterplan exercise and feed in their views. “
Leanachan Forest covers nearly 3,000 hectares in total and 2 per cent (60 hectares) has been identified within Highland Council’s Local Plan for tourism and leisure mixed use.
The masterplan will explore the viability of attracting private sector investment in a new sustainable leisure and accommodation development on the National Forest Estate.
Notes to news editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests. For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland
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. Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Enterprise is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland – a region which covers half of the country.
HIE pursues four priorities to support Scotland's economic recovery and deliver sustainable growth across the region:
• Supporting businesses and social enterprises to shape and realise their growth aspirations.
• Strengthening communities and fragile areas.
• Developing growth sectors, particularly distinctive regional opportunities.
• Creating the conditions for a competitive and low-carbon region.
5. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.