Barracks sale to boost woodland creation and starter farms

Forest Enterprise Scotland is to offer a remote forest near Rannoch Moor on the open market, with the income being re-invested in new woodland creation projects and opportunities for new entrants to farming.  

The Barracks Forest is located two kilometres from Rannoch Station.  It is a large plantation forest which is rarely used by the public.

The forest area has been split into five different-sized lots with the aim of attracting a variety of different bidders, ranging from community groups to businesses.

Charlie Taylor, Forest Enterprise Scotland’s district manager in Tay said:

“This is a good opportunity for a range of new owners to bring in additional investment and generate further timber supplies, supporting more jobs and money into the local economy.

”The money from the sale of The Barracks will be reinvested in worthwhile woodland creation programmes to help in the fight against climate change.

“We’ll also look to develop new opportunities for farmers wishing to get their first step into running their own agricultural business.”

The Barracks was identified for sale last year and a bid was made through the National Forest Land Scheme to take ownership of the whole area. The bid is not being taken forward now so Forest Enterprise Scotland is placing the area of land on the open market.

Within the forest, Forest Enterprise Scotland is creating three small lots (10, 15 and 20Ha) and a larger lot of 128 Ha, with the remainder as one large lot.  Selling a range of land parcels aims to attract a wide range of people and groups who might wish to own the woodland.

The sale of the Barracks is part of Forest Enterprise Scotland’s on-going ‘repositioning programme’.  Under this programme, land with low public or economic benefit is sold to fund the purchase of new land which can deliver wider benefits. 

Previous examples of land purchased under the programme include the impressive Kilpatrick Hills on the outskirts of Glasgow. The hills are being opened up for the surrounding communities and to create woodlands to help against climate change. 

Another example is the Auchlochan Estate in South Lanarkshire’s coalfields near Lesmahagow. The Estate is being transformed into woodlands, providing new recreation facilities for local people, as well as offering land for a local show field and allotments.

Recent starter farms that have come on stream through Forest Enterprise Scotland’s repositioning programme also include Achnamoine in Caithness and Rynaclach farm in Stirlingshire.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland 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. 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.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.