Local group looks to buy Kirkton of Maryculter Wood

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4 JULY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15980

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Maryculter Woodlands Trust (MWT) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase land at Kirkton of Maryculter Wood (formerly Durris Forest), in Aberdeenshire. 

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.

The MWT was created in 2007 and has already undertaken many activities in the wood in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland.

he Trust intends to restore and maintain the native habitat in the woodland for the benefit of the local community, the general public and for wildlife and encourage its use 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 www.forestry.gov.uk/nfls and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by Friday 2 August.

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.

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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