Ballachulish Community Company looks to develop Hydro scheme through NFLS

Ballachulish Community Company (BCC) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to lease an area of woodland in Brecklet Forest (nr Ballachulish) to develop a hydroelectric scheme.

Administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits.

The BCC aims to establish a sustainable income from the proposed community hydroelectric scheme on the River Laroch. The income will be used by the community to support local projects, such as the restoration of historic boatsheds, a local hub to support the elderly and the purchase of a minibus for local use.

A 28-day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal must be submitted by 26th November, 2015.

Responses and comments should be addressed to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, 'Woodlands', Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available, unless requested to keep comments confidential.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.