Drop-in meeting for Corniehaugh

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14 MARCH 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16200

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Forestry Commission Scotland is holding a drop-in afternoon to gather information and comments to help guide the production of an integrated land management plan for an area of land called Corniehaugh, near Rothiemay.

This area of land was purchased by the Commission in 2011 to link up with an existing area at Woodfold.

The Commission is looking to create a Land Management Plan for this area that integrates different land use options and fits with the landscape of the River Deveron valley.

The proposed integrated land management plan for the site will be developed following extensive public consultation.

David Henderson, Forestry Commission Scotland’s planning and estates manager for the area said:

“Corniehaugh is an important area for the local community and offers a wide range of potential land use options.

“The eventual Land Management Plan will set out our vision for Corniehaugh into the future so it is very important that people are given this chance to have their say on its direction.

“We will need to balance the views of local people with the potential for the site to support the Scottish Government’s woodland creation policy to help deliver CO2 reduction targets as well as many other benefits.

“We would encourage members of the public to come to the drop-in session to give us all the information they have on this site and let us know their aspirations for its future management. “

The public will be able to see the photographs, maps and speak to Forestry Commission Scotland staff to pass on their information or make their views known. The session is to be held in Rothiemay Village Hall on Friday 21st March from 1pm through to 7pm, giving as many people as possible the chance to attend.

For more information on the Corniehaugh community consultation, please contact Mark Reeve at mark.reeve@forestry.gsi.gov.uk  or on 07990 802879.

Notes to news editors

1. The results of the public consultation for the national tree of Scotland were announced in January this year.  The debate and vote in the Scottish Parliament allowed the declaration of the national tree to take place.

2. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
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4. 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

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

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