Woodland expansion ideas sought

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

The meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 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.

More than 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 Dumfries 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 Dumfries meeting will take place on Tuesday 21st 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