Views wanted on Benhar and Fauldhouse woodlands

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is revising the land management plans for Benhar and Fauldhouse woodlands, with the intentions of merging the two forests together to deliver greater benefits.

As part of the management of these woodlands, FES intends to combine the two former plans for West Benhar and Fauldhouse into one new overall plan.  Members of the public are being invited to give their views on the proposed plans by Friday 1 June. 

Benhar and Fauldhouse are two forests located between the town of Shotts and the village of Fauldhouse and are currently separated by the C3 Harthill Road. The site covers just less than 600 hectares and is comprised of open moorland habitat and commercial conifer plantation, with elements of mixed conifer and mixed broadleaves.

These two forests were originally separated in the early 1990s into two individual design plans to address slightly differing objectives for each site. These woodlands are being brought back together again for ease of management now that the forests have similar objectives and characteristics.

FES’s key aims for the woodlands are to enhance the value of the area for wildlife, improve the recreation value of the forest and preserve features of archaeological interest, improve the external and internal views of the forest, and provide a sustainable source of timber to the industry.

Scott Gordon, planning forester at Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “It’s our normal practice to review our individual land management plans every ten years to keep our forests and woodlands to recognised industry standards.

“Benhar and Fauldhouse provide a wide spectrum of economic, environmental and social benefits.  Our aim is to build on these without significant changes on how the forests are managed. As part of building a future plan, we would invite the public to read the proposals and give as much feedback as possible.”

To view a copy of the plan please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/landmanagementplans then view Current Consultations and select Benhar & Fauldhouse Land Management Plan.

For further information on the FES plans and to submit feedback by Friday 1 June, contact: Scott Gordon, Planning Forester – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 067 6700

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forest Enterprise Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.