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Argyll forestry schemes receive £1.5 million

Two Scottish organisations have gained enough resources to purchase about 3,000 acres of forest, and the intention is to manage these areas in a sustainable way.

Scotland’s National Forest Estate has a long history of delivering timber on behalf of the country, but the current agenda is largely about diversification. The South West Mull and Iona Development (SWMID) group has been able to purchase woodland from Forestry Commission Scotland, and Kilfinan Community Forest Company (KCFC) has been given the chance to extend its existing holdings.

Morven Gibson, who is the SWMID’s local development officer, has said that the move should allow the organisation to run Tiroran Forest on Mull as a profitable, community-based asset. Her organisation could end up being a sustainable source of timber used in wood flooring in Cheshire .

KCFC has possessed a portion of Acharossan Forest for some time. It has now acquired the capacity to buy over 1,000 acres more of the land.

Nikki Brown, a development manager at KCFC, has said:

“Our primary aim is to be a sustainable business which can support its own staff and core operations via income generated by the charity. Having control of this much larger area will really strengthen our ability to do this.”

The ownership of the entirety of Acharossan Forest should give KCFC additional financial security. This should enable it to be more ambitious with its future plans.

It has been reported that KCFC intends to establish a woodland training centre. This development is just one initiative being taken with the idea of promoting forest appreciation.

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