Views sought on land plans
Forestry Commission Scotland is seeking the public’s views on developing a 10year land management plan between Gatehouse of Fleet and Laurieston.
Main themes include pursuing alternatives to clear felling, conserving valuable habitats, increasing recreation and building roads for sustainable harvesting operations. Increasing species diversity and creating more open areas at visually prominent sites also feature.
The area comprises three former separate forest blocks – Laurieston, Glengap and Disdow – and is home to a nationally important nightjar population.
The consultation got underway with a drop-in exhibition in Balmaghie Public Hall.
Galloway Forest Park planning officer Ewan Wiseman and community liaison officer Lyndy Renwick welcomed the public throughout the day.
Ms Renwick said: “I thought the day was a success and we had in depth conversations with 15 people.
“Topics ranged from larch disease to enhancing species biodiversity but the majority of issues concerned the proposed SPEN power line and the Galloway National Park.”
To view the plan visit https://scotland. forestry.gov.uk/managing/plans-andstrategies/ land- management-plans/ consultations/1918-laurieston.
Comments can be made to euan. email@example.com.