Upper Eskdale Development Group makes application to National Forest Land Scheme

Upper Eskdale Development Group (UEDG) has applied to the National Forest Land Scheme (NFLS) to purchase 1.09 hectares of land at Twiglees, in Eskdalemuir, near Lockerbie.

Administered by Forestry Commission Scotland, the NFLS gives communities the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits.

UEDG hope to purchase this land to create affordable housing and also to develop the existing barn on the land for small scale commercial uses. 

The group is committed to the sustainable economic development of a very isolated area with a long-term objective of rural regeneration, creating job opportunities and sustainable life styles.
A 28-day open consultation period is required by the scheme and public comments on any aspect of the proposal contained in the application are welcome.

All comments must be submitted by Friday 22nd May, 2015 to Malcolm Wield, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Conservancy, 'Woodlands', Fodderty Way, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9XB or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of making these comments publicly available, unless requested to keep comments confidential.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. 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.