Embo Trust applies to National Forest Land Scheme

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The Embo Trust in Sutherland has applied to purchase 1.76 acres of land at Achinchanter, near Dornoch.

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

The Trust aims to enhance the current natural biodiversity of part of this area and to create a community orchard, composting site and wormery in other sections.

The Trust hope to create a restful community space and also provide opportunities for imaginative educational project work to local primary and secondary schools.

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 10 March, 2011.

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
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. By developing more woodlands, especially near towns and cities, woodlands can also improve healthier lifestyles and bring a boost to urban development across Scotland. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

2) For more information about the National Forest Land Scheme, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/nfls

3) Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507.

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