Vil­lagers in bid to buy forestry land

The Oban Times - - News -

A LOCH Awe vil­lage is bid­ding to buy six acres of forestry land for the ben­e­fit of res­i­dents.

The Dalavich Im­prove­ment Group (DIG), which ‘ex­ists to ac­quire and main­tain as­sets on be­half of and for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors to the area’, has ap­plied to the Na­tional For­est Land Scheme (NFLS) to pur­chase four ar­eas of land around Dalavich and Kil­mun.

Ad­min­is­tered by Forestry Com­mis­sion Scot­land, the NFLS al­lows com­mu­ni­ties to bid to buy or lease na­tional for­est land on the ba­sis that this would pro­vide in­creased pub­lic ben­e­fits.

The four parcels of land, which amount to 15.32 hectares, are all within DIG’s op­er­at­ing area and have his­tor­i­cally been used for agri­cul­tural pur­poses.

How­ever, none has been ac­tively man­aged for a very long time and DIG’s am­bi­tion is to bring the land back to a us­able state so it can be man­aged in a va­ri­ety of ways to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity’s long-term so­cial and eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity.

A 28- day open con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod is re­quired by the scheme and pub­lic com­ments on any as­pect of the pro­posal are wel­come.

De­tails of the ap­pli­ca­tion can be viewed on­line at www.forestry.gov.uk/nfls and all com­ments on the pro­pos­als de­tailed in the ap­pli­ca­tion must be sub­mit­ted by Au­gust 10, 2016.

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