Meetings planned to discuss future tree planting

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A series of stakeholder meetings across Scotland are planned for February and March to get views on how to take forward woodland expansion.

The meetings are being organised by the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group which has been set up to identify the types of land for future tree planting.

The meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss and give feedback on some of the emerging conclusions being formulated by the Group.

Over 100 responses were received by the Group after it requested views on how to tackle issues surrounding woodland expansion.

Dr Andrew Barbour, chairman of the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group said:

“From the outset we have been very keen to consult as widely as possible and receive views from a wide a range of interests.

“The Group is undertaking a series of seven stakeholder meetings across Scotland and we hope the proceedings will offer a lively and constructive debate.

“By February we will have a clearer picture of how we think the conflicts between tree planting and other land uses can be minimised. We will wish to share our thoughts with those being directly affected so that we can be confident that our end proposals will be realistic and practical.”

The series of stakeholder meetings are as follows:

  • Dumfries: Tues 21 Feb
  • Oban: Wed 22 Feb 
  • East Kilbride: Thurs 23 Feb 
  • Perth: Mon 27 Feb 
  • Newtown St Boswells: Tues 28 Feb 
  • Inverness: Wed 29 Feb 
  • Huntly: Thurs 1 Mar 

The Woodland Expansion Advisory Group consists of 18 members from backgrounds in farming, conservation, forestry, land use and community relations.

The meetings start at 1830 hours and all those who wish to attend and receive further details of the venues should register well in advance at

For more information on the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group and its membership log on to

Notes to news editors

1.  Forestry Commission Scotland works as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate

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3.  Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.