Timber lorries to avoid Skye community

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A rural community at the northern end of Skye is to benefit from a new in-forest road that will take timber lorries – and 100,000 tonnes of timber - off a 6km stretch of the B886.

The project, from Potanow Forestry LLP and part funded by the Scottish Strategic Timber Transport Fund, will allow timber from the Greshornish and Waternish forests to be taken out south, to the A850.

This will improve public and visitor access to the Waternish peninsula and neighbouring Duibaig woodlands.

The Strategic Timber Transport Fund, managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, finances projects that minimise impact on fragile roads, and deliver community and environmental benefits.

Derek Nelson, the Commission’s Business Development Policy Advisor, said;

“The Timber Transport Fund has helped to deliver projects all across the country, all of which help to reduce the impacts of ‘timber miles’ on public roads.

“Reducing the presence of industry traffic benefits small, rural communities, reduces council upkeep costs and also makes tourist routes that little bit more attractive to drive.

“This is a very effective way of working with the sector to make the forestry business better for everyone.”

The Fund also supports the Timberlink shipping service, which brings timber across the Firth of Clyde.

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.