Views wanted on Camilty Woodland

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is revising the land management plan for Camilty Woodland and is asking for feedback from the local community and other statutory stakeholders.

As part of the approval process, the plan will be placed on the Public Register and members of the public are invited to submit their views on the proposals by Wednesday 19th December 2018. 

Camilty lies to the south of Livingston, Harburn and the foot of the western end of the Pentland Hills within the local authority of West Lothian. The site covers just over 750 hectares and is mainly comprised of commercial conifer species.

FES’s main priorities for the woodland are to keep a supply of sustainable timber from the  conifers and broadleaves; support the local economy through the development of a windfarm and creating additional employment in the area; maximise biodiversity value and environmental quality; manage woodland and open habitat sustainability to assist with government targets on climate change and reduce the vulnerability to disease; review and maintain accordingly, both formal and informal access to promote responsible recreation; and preserve and enhance historical features within the forest.

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.

“Camilty provides a wide spectrum of economic, environmental and social benefits. Our aim is to build on these without significant changes to how the forest is currently managed. However, it is important that the public have their say on what we do and how we do it, so we welcome as much feedback as possible.”

To view a copy of the land management plan please visit https://bit.ly/2KzscXt

For further information and to submit feedback by Wednesday 19 December, 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.