Share your views
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park have published a draft Trees and Woodland Strategy for public consultation and we would like to hear your views.
The strategy is a key document to be used by land owners, land managers, residents and forestry professionals when formulating forestry proposals in the National Park. With this in mind, it’s important to us everyone with an interest in woodlands in the National Park is given an opportunity to have their say in the document’s development.
The strategy supports the National Park’s existing plans and strategies and has been produced in line with Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-2029 and the UK Forestry Standard.
Protecting and enhancing the trees and woodlands of the National Park is of global importance for nature. Not only can our trees help us to expand habitat networks and improve conservation efforts, they can also help us to mitigate against climate change and contribute to a thriving rural economy.
This draft Trees and Woodland Strategy sets out an exciting vision for the trees, woodlands and forests of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park to flourish and to expand where appropriate, providing us and future generations with sustainable natural capital over the next 20 years.
Here are some key points from the strategy:
- Enhancing and increasing native woodland within the National Park can make a significant contribution to meeting Scotland’s 2020 Biodiversity Challenge and our Wild Park priorities by expanding woodland habitat networks to increase diversity and protect flagship species such as black grouse, red squirrel and brown trout.
- The strategy also outlines best practice for the management of productive conifer forests and offers guidance on how new forests can help to deliver National Park Partnership Plan outcomes by creating innovative, 21st century mixed woodlands.
Individual and small tree groups are an important component of the landscape in many parts of the National Park so, as well as larger swathes of woodland, we need to manage this resource for future generations.
- Forestry provides a great contribution to the local rural economy through jobs, education, skills, community development, social enterprise, tourism and business development. Many opportunities for rural economic expansion are highlighted in this strategy, such as improving woodland management skills, maintaining and diversifying the production of timber products, haulage and timber transport.
- The strategy offers direction on how to design forestry proposals that enhance and protect Special Landscape Qualities, such as views valued by visitors and local communities.
The consultation is open for eight weeks from today (Monday 8th April 2019) and will close at 5pm on Monday 3rd June 2019.
You can read the draft strategy document in full and submit your consultation response by clicking the button below.
If you’d prefer to share your views in person, we’ll be hosting two events at the National Park Headquarters in Balloch:
- Presentation and Q&A about the Strategy – 6th May 2019.
- Drop-in event – 10th May 2019.
Printed copies of the Trees and Woodland Strategy are available at:
National Park Headquarters
Balmaha Visitor Centre
Dunoon Public Library