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The plan for South Mull covers Garmony and Ishriff Forests. Garmony is conspicuous from ferry routes and both forests from the A849 which passes through them. It forms the backdrop to Craignure. Garmony also contains a number of recreation facilities; important given the island is a tourist destination, with ferry terminals at Craignure and Fishnish, and tourist facilities throughout the area. Ishriff is situated within the more dramatic mountainous part of the island. It is a more recent plantation with variable growth. It contains part of the Allt Molach SSSI, noted for its geological ring dykes.

The primary objectives for the plan area are; commercial conifer timber production, followed by PAWS restoration (Garmony), and landscape enhancement. Certification under the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme is another important objective and compliance with the UKFS.

Garmony forest and the Sound of Mull

Plan objectives

  • Timber production – commercial conifer areas.
  • Development of internal habitat networks, with contributions to the wider external networks – neighbouring estates.
  • Protection and enhancement of designated sites - Allt Molach SSSI.
  • PAWS restoration – Garmony.
  • Landscape enhancement – A849 and ferry routes.
  • Development of plant health resilience measures – larch areas.
  • Work with Torosay Hill Estate to develop a joined up new native woodland planting scheme.
  • Blanket bog/deep peat restoration – Garmony.
  • Maintenance of facilities and amenities contributing to visitor experience to the forest.
  • To comply with UKWAS guidance for certification and UKFS.

Timeline

  • Autumn 2017: Initial stakeholder consultation
  • Spring 2018: Community consultation event
  • May 2021: Submission of plan to Scottish Forestry for approval

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