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6 FEBRUARY 2012 NEWS RELEASE No: 15220

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Oban meeting to discuss future tree planting

A stakeholder meeting to be held in Oban aims to gather views on how to take forward woodland expansion across Scotland.

The meeting on Wednesday 22nd February is being organised by the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group which has been set up to identify the types of land for future tree planting.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss and give feedback on some of the emerging conclusions being formulated by the Group.

Over 100 responses from across Scotland were received by the Group after it requested views on how to tackle issues surrounding woodland expansion.

Dr Andrew Barbour, chairman of the Woodland Expansion Advisory Group said:

“From the outset we have been very keen to consult as widely as possible and receive views from a wide a range of interests.

“The Group is undertaking a series of seven stakeholder meetings across Scotland and we hope the proceedings in Oban will offer a lively and constructive debate.

“By February we will have a clearer picture of how we think the conflicts between tree planting and other land uses can be minimised. We will wish to share our thoughts with those being directly affected so that we can be confident that our end proposals will be realistic and practical.”

The Oban meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd February and will start at 1830 hours. All those who wish to attend and receive further details of the venue should register well in advance at weag@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

The Woodland Expansion Advisory Group consists of 18 members from backgrounds in farming, conservation, forestry, land use and community relations. For more information on the Group and its membership log on to www.forestry.gov.uk/weag

Notes to news editors

1.  Forestry Commission Scotland works as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

2.   Notaichean
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
Airson agallamhan anns a' Ghàidhlig, cuiribh fios gu Oifigear Leasachaidh Gàidhlig a' Choimisean, Louise NicBheathain air 01463 725 038.

3.  Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.

e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk