31 MAY 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15481
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Mull and Iona Community Trust’ (MICT) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to develop a community ‘run-of-river’ hydro project.
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.
MICT is looking to lease approximately 0.165 hectares of land centred on ‘Allt Achadh na Moine’, in Salen Forest near Garmony on the east coast of the Isle of Mull.
The aim of the plan is to reduce the carbon footprint of the island by exploiting renewable energy with the sale of surplus generation being reinvested in the community. This could be through providing seedcorn funding for other renewable products or providing some financial backing to other community projects on the islands of Mull and Iona.
An open consultation period is required by the National Forest Land Scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal are welcome.
Details of the application – including indicative maps of the proposed renewable energy project - 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 29 June.
Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, 'Woodlands', Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to email@example.com
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 part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate.