Raasay Development Partnership apply to purchase Raasay Forest

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21 AUGUST 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 16037

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Raasay Development Partnership (RDP) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase several areas of land on the Isle of Raasay, approximating 288 hectares.

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.

RDP is an umbrella group representing various community organisations on the island. The RDP sees this as a rare opportunity to develop multiple beneficial schemes using the forest.  These include creating woodland crofts, developing a micro-hydro scheme and a wood fuel business.

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 Wednesday 19 September.

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

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