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The Greenburn Land Management Plan area (PDF 1.8MB) was approved by Scottish Forestry on 11th July 2019, following consultation with a range of stakeholders. The plan is valid for a period of 10 years and will be due for revision in 2029.

The plan area lies between Drymen to the south and Gartmore to the north. It is bisected by the 'Old Drymen Road' which connects the two villages. The forest covers an area of approximately 900ha and is dominated by commercial spruce plantation. The area is relatively low lying, reaching a maximum elevation of about 240m. That part of the plan area to the west of the road is within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The commercial conifer plantation is dominated by Sitka spruce, which were first planted in the 1950s. Other species include larch, Norway spruce and lodgepole pine, but these make up only a small proportion of the woodland area. Though a few stands of older trees remain, most of the area is covered by younger, second rotation crops planted from the early 1980s onwards. The process of diversifying both age and species structure has been ongoing over the last 15 to 20 years and there has been an increase in the area of broadleaved species and conifers other than Sitka spruce, for example Douglas fir.

The key objectives of the plan are to maintain timber production whilst delivering a range of other environmental and social benefits. The latter include maintenance of long distance footpaths and protection of the Loch Katrine - Milngavie aqueducts.

Land management plan documents




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