Barrs & Cadderlie Forest lies 14 miles east-north-east of Oban on the northern shore of Loch Etive. The forest was planted 1973-5. In addition there are extensive areas of native woodland including Caledonian pine remnants, and unplanted mountain top. A number of important designations cover parts of the area. Commercial conifers have generally grown well in lower areas, but growth falls off rapidly with altitude. Access is poor, comprising 6 miles of track from Bonawe and 8 miles of consultation single track road from Connel. A Public Right of Way runs through the area. The plan will propose felling all commercial conifers and replacing with native woodland. Access for haulage will be by boat to a new proposed constructed facility on the shore with tracks from there into the forest. Harvesting is intended to precede installation of the Allt Easach hydro-scheme.

The primary objectives for the plan area are; commercial conifer timber production, followed by conversion to native woodland; and protection of designated areas. Certification under the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme is another important objective to which the plan will contribute.

Barrs and Cadderlie Forest


  • Spring 2017: Initial stakeholder consultation
  • Spring 2018: Further stakeholder consultation and finalisation of draft plan
  • May 2018: Submission of plan to Perth and Argyll Conservancy for approval

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Contact us

If you would like to receive notification of further developments with the plan, please contact:

Roger Wilson
Planning Forester
West Argyll Forest District
PA31 8RS

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