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By Fiona Reid
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Forestry view sought

VIEWS are being sought on a revised management plan for a forest partly in the region.

Forestry and Land Scotland is inviting people living in and around Barrhill to offer their views on the development of a revised land management plan for Klilgallioch Forest.

The 2582 hectare woodland is located approximately three kilometres south of Barrhill in South Ayrshire, and is also partly in Dumfries and Galloway. It comprises a conifer forest interspersed with broadleaved species and separately owned renewable energy infrastructure.

The plan’s main focus is on sustainable timber production, natural regeneration management, peatland restoration and woodland diversification.

Planning forester Carol Finch, said: “As with all of our land management plans, we’re looking at how we manage this site over the next ten years and also outline our ideas for the ten years beyond that.

“It’s really about getting the most out of the forest both in terms of the timber it produces and in how it contributes more broadly to biodiversity and habitat provision. We’d be happy to explain the opportunities and issues, hear some ideas, and get some constructive feedback from members of the public.

“With Covid-19 still impacting on how we all work, we are not holding public meetings or events but we are putting everything online so that people can look at it and give feedback at their leisure.

“If anyone for any reason is unable to take part in the online consultation, they can contact me at [email protected] or on 07584 336 505 to learn more and offer their views.”

The consultation will remain open until July 11.

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