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Field of long grass and conifer trees behind

Every 10 years we look again at our Land management Plans for our sites. This year we are looking at Blairadam Forest.

At this point we can change our plans or keep them the same. The forest covers 1335 hectares (shown on Map 1) and is mostly comprised of fast growing conifers which provide timber to local and national markets. Over the last 20 years we have been restructuring these conifer stands in order to deliver a broader range of public benefits.

As we draft the next 10 year plan, we would like to hear your views and comments on our proposals for the forest. We will therefore be holding a number of community drop-in sessions on the following dates:

  • Saturday 26th August: 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Venue: Blairadam forest visitor car park & main office, KY4 0JQ 
  • Tuesday 29th August: 4.00pm – 8.00pm. Venue: Kelty Community Centre, 92 Main Street, Kelty. KY4 0AQ

Our staff will be available at these events to discuss and explain the draft proposals. We will record community feedback. Large-scale maps will also be on display - to help discussion and understanding of these proposals.

Current timeline for plan renewal:

  • August 2023: Community drop-in sessions
  • September 2023 - October 2023: Draft plan placed on consultation webpage, assessment by internal teams, revisions and further consultations with stakeholders
  • October 2023: Plans given to forestry regulator (Scottish Forestry) for assessment, review and approval

Draft management objectives and proposal maps

We have provided the draft management objectives and key proposal maps below. When the full plan is drafted, we will place it on this consultation webpage and provide an online feedback link. We are hoping this will be by September or October this year. The suggested management goals for the next 10 years are listed below:

  • Manage the forest to provide a sustainable supply of conifer and broadleaved timber products.
  • Maintain areas for recreation and community engagement.
  • In the longer term, move to lower impact forest management systems in visitor and WIAT zones, recognising the value of these areas for local communities and tourism.
  • Protect & enhance amenity and heritage assets, focusing on the designed landscapes linked to Blairadam Estate.
  • Protect and enhance wildlife and hydrological assets.
  • Restore priority peat habitats.
  • Manage and mitigate impacts of tree pests and diseases (e.g. Phytophthora ramorum in larch).
  • Continue to diversify tree species and forest structure to increase resilience in a changing climate.

 Map 7 ‘future concept design’ (below) divides the forest into ‘management zones’ to help show how these objectives will be prioritised and delivered.

  • Map 1 Blairadam forest visitor car park
  • Map 2 Visitor zones & recreation
  • Map 3 Existing forest species
  • Map 4 Existing forest age classes
  • Map 5 Wider landscape setting
  • Map 6 Analysis of constraints and opportunities
  • Map 7 Future concept design
  • Map 8 Woodland creation areas
  • Map 9a Ten year felling plan (Visitor Zones)
  • Map 9b Ten year felling plan
  • Map 10a Future species and habitats (Visitor Zones)
  • Map 10b Future species and habitats

Get in touch

If you would like further information or have any questions, please contact:

Planning Team
Forestry and Land Scotland
Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park 

West Calder, EH55 8PN

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