Consultation open on Creetown woodlands
Anyone with an interest in how Forestry and Land Scotland’s Creetown LMP area, around 8 km south east of Newton Stewart, is managed over the next 20 years is invited to take part in a consultation and give their views.
This next generation Land Management Plan includes details of how FLS intends to manage the site until 2030, and gives a direction of travel for the following 10 years to 2040.
The detailed proposals identify how forest blocks will, over time, be converted either to broadleaf or mixed conifer woodlands and help boost local Community involvement and the restoration of priority habitats (Ancient and Semi Natural Woodland).
Stephen Stables, planning forester with the local FLS team, said;
“The Creetown plan comprises two distinct forest blocks that border a mixture of open hill ground and agricultural land and that provide a highly visible backdrop to the village of Creetown.
“Improving the woods to encourage greater biodiversity is one of the things we’re aiming for. We’re also keen to increase the levels of community involvement and promote the woodland as a recreational resource that can help boost levels of health and wellbeing.
“This plan outlines the opportunities we have to enhance the existing broadleaf woodland areas with further native broadleaf species to help us meet both these objectives.
“Unfortunately, due to the situation with COVID-19 we will not be hosting a community drop-in event so as an alternative we’ve put all of the relevant documents on to our website.
“We’d really like to get as much local feedback and input as possible so I’d encourage everyone with an interest to take a look and send their comments to us.”
The consultation will run from six weeks until the end of November.
Notes to editors
Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) manages forests and land owned by Scottish Ministers in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature; and supports Scottish Ministers in their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.