Murdostoun and Mossband forest blocks are located in Central Scotland, near Shotts and Hartwood. They straddle the Newmill Canthill Road south of Salsburgh.

We assessed the forest blocks of Murdostoun and Mossband against the Strategy for Lowland Raised Bog and Intermediate Bog on the National Forest Estate in Scotland 2012-2022 (PDF 454KB)which identified that significant areas of these blocks were suitable for restoration. In view of this, and taking into account the poor performance of the existing spruce and pine plantation, it was deemed more ecologically and environmentally appropriate to convert some areas of plantation to a lowland raised bog open habitat.

Following extensive analysis, consultation and development work, the land management plan for the site was approved in June 2015 and covers the period from 2015 to 2025.

A brief summary of this plan can be viewed here (PDF 92.4KB)


  • 2009 to 2013 - Site survey, site analysis.
  • 2013 - Initial design concept for the woodland including tree species choice and shapes.
  • Early 2014 - Application to the Forestry Commission for an Environmental Impact assessment determination.
  • Mid 2014 - Application to the Forestry Commission. As part of the approval process, the proposals were available for review on the Forestry Commission public register for 28 days for comment.
  • June 2015 - Formal approval

Land management plan documents

Supporting documents

Contact us

If there is any further information you would like regarding this plan, please contact us:

Scottish Lowlands Forest District
Five Sisters House
Five Sisters Business Park
West Calder
West Lothian
EH55 8PN

Tel: 0300 067 6700

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