£7.05M for sustainable timber transport projects to benefit communities

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Fifty timber transport projects that benefit communities and the environment across Scotland are set to share £7.05 million of funding, Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing announced today.

The Strategic Timber Transport Fund, which has this year benefited from  an additional Scottish Government investment of £5m, is supporting improvement works on 48 minor rural roads across Scotland.

The fund is also supporting several project officer posts, as well as private forestry sector led projects to construct a landing/loading point to enable movement of timber to market by sea and to replace a weak bridge.  Both of these projects will greatly reduce the impact of timber haulage on local communities.

A further £800k has been set aside for Timberlink, which specifically transports timber by sea.

Mr Ewing said;

“Forestry’s continuing £1bn success story will see our timber production rate increase from 7million to 10 million tonnes over the next few years, generating significant benefits for our rural economy and provide climate-friendly raw-materials.

“But it is imperative that we bolster this success with efforts to mitigate the impacts of timber lorries on local communities and on the environment.

“This year we have invested an additional £5m in the Timber Transport Fund, a commitment that has encouraged additional investment from seven local authorities and private landowners who are determined to facilitate forestry’s important role in our rural economy.”

The main beneficiaries of co-funding support are:

  • Perth & Kinross Council - £1.5M for 4 public road projects
  • Highland Council - £1.42M for 6 public road projects
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council - £1.4M for 10 public road projects
  • Ayrshire Roads Alliance (the shared service representing East and South Ayrshire Councils) - £770k for 4 public road projects
  • Scottish Borders Council - £593k for 6 public road projects
  • Argyll & Bute Council - £554k for 4 public road projects
  • Moray Council - £550k for 13 public road projects

David Sulman, Executive Director of the UK  Forest  Products Association, who also Chairs the Strategic Timber Transport Fund's Assessment Panel, said;

"The considerable interest shown in the Fund is extremely heartening.  It further demonstrates the industry's responsible approach to timber transport, be it by road, sea or rail.

“The Scottish Government's financial support is welcomed by all in the supply chain. The successful projects will deliver valuable economic, social and environmental benefits for Scotland."

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.
  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.