Sheriffmuir tree-planting gives more access to historic landscape

Forestry Commission Scotland has approved a revised tree planting proposal for the nationally recognised Sheriffmuir battlefield that will reflect the landscape of the historic site and enhance it for visitors.

The sensitively designed proposal, which has met with the approval of Historic Environment Scotland and Stirling Council, will see 63ha of mixed woodland planted on the site. The original proposal was to plant 78 ha of new woodland, and has been extensively amended to take on feedback from stakeholders.

The newly designed woodland minimises impacts on key landscape characteristics of the battlefield and leaves the battlefield landscape open to view.

Cameron Maxwell, Forestry Commission Scotland’s Conservator for the area, said;

“In coming to our decision we have listened to all the concerns raised by members of the public and other stakeholders and have worked hard to reach an acceptable proposal which does not have a significant effect on the environment.

“The revised scheme will both protect the key landscape characteristics of the battlefield and help to enhance and augment the site for visitors, with improved interpretation and access.

“As the project develops, detailed archaeological survey work and reporting will be a good opportunity to increase public engagement with the site and hopefully will improve knowledge about the battle.”

It is anticipated that operational works will start at the site in late summer 2017.

The revised proposal is the culmination of a 4 year process that has included obtaining consent under the EIA regulations and public consultation.

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 the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
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