Kirkton Group apply to National Forest Land Scheme

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26 JULY 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14831

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The Kirkton and Woodland Heritage Group has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase 92.4ha Kirkton Woodland at Lochcarron.

The Scheme, administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits.

The Group aims to improve the woodland’s structure and its biodiversity, secure a long term timber supply, create jobs and develop recreational opportunities. The Group will also explore opportunities to develop cultural, historical and archaeological interpretation at the site, benefiting the local community and visitors.

An 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 and all comments on the proposals detailed in the application must be submitted by Friday 26 August 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  

Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available, unless requested to keep comments confidential.

1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 667,000 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.

2) Any responses will be passed back to the community body making the application, which then has 28 days to respond to submissions.

Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507.