FLS consults on ten year plan for Drummond Hill, Kenmore
Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) is inviting people in and around Aberfeldy and Kenmore to take part in the development of Drummond Hill Land Management Plan.
Drummond Hill, which lays claim to being the first managed forest in Scotland with planting having started in the 17th century, stands above Loch Tay and is an important site for wildlife and recreation.
However, the need to remove larch trees to help counter the spread of the disease Phytophora ramorum, is going to have an impact on the site. The land management plan sets out FLS plans for the site over the next ten years, and offers a more general indication of plans for the ten years after that.
Robin Almond, FLS Planning Forester, said;
“This is a steep site with a lot of difficult-to-work ground and it will require some very careful planning and preparation to harvest it safely.
“As well as planning the felling operations we’re also planning the maintenance of over 220 hectares of mature scots pine, which will benefit red squirrels and Capercaillie, and returning 30 hectares of plantation on this ancient woodland site to native species.
“Additional benefits of the plan include making the unique Iron age fort at Casteal Mac Tuathal more visible in the landscape and reducing peak runoff from the site during wet periods.
“We would like to hear the view of local residents so would invite anyone interested to look over the plans that are online and give us feedback on at their leisure.”
The draft plan looks at getting the best use out of these forests, whether it’s in terms of timber production, as reserves for habitats and key species, or as a recreational resource for local communities.
The online consultation will remain open until 22 October.
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.