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The Glen Finart Land Management Plan area (PDF) lies on the western shore of Loch Long, centred on Ardentinny, between Loch Goil, in the north, and Blairmore in the south. It includes Glen Finart itself, to the north west of Ardentinny, and Gairletter Glen to the south. The plan area covers 2600ha, about 45% of which is open hill ground. The woodlands are concentrated on the steep, often rocky and craggy, slopes which rise from the loch and glens to summits at over 600m. Typically the treeline is between 300m and 350m elevation reaching up to 400m on Blairmore Hill. The area is within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and forms part of the impressive backdrop to the entrance to the River Clyde.

Conifers for commercial timber production were first planted in the 1920s and 1930s, and, although a number of species are to be found, Sitka spruce dominates, covering 968ha (almost 70% of the woodland area). Much of the woodland is now in its second rotation but some of the older stands remain and over 20% of the woodland is over 60 years of age. There are also extensive areas of ancient semi-natural woodland and total broadleaved cover (including some non-native species) amounts to 215ha (16% of the woodland area).

Although timber production will remain an objective for the area another key aspiration is to enhance, restore and potentially extend the native woodlands. This, and the maintainance of species diversity in the area immediately around Ardentinny, will have a positive impact on both landscape and recreation interest. In the light of the continuing spread of Ramorum disease in larch, proposals for removing this species during the plan period will also be outlined.

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Timeline

The Glen Finart LMP was submitted to Scottish Forestry on 11th March 2021. The plan was placed on the Public Register on 31st January 2022 and final consultation has now closed. Scottish Forestry are assessing responses from stakeholders.

Documents and maps

Plan documentation can be found at the links below.

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Maps

Visualisations

These illustrate felling sequence and future restocking/habitats from key viewpoints

Get in touch

Final consultaion is now closed if you would like further information on this, or any other land management plan, in Central Region please contact:

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