Consultation on Cologin Forest

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Anyone living in and around Oban is invited to give their views on a proposed 10-year management plan for Cologin Forest, two miles south of the town.

The new plan sets out how Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) intends to manage the woodland maintain timber supplies, diversify tree species to enhance the landscape and to carry out peatland restoration work.

Work has already begun on a new forest road network to provide the access needed for the proposed operations.

The new forest roads will also allow the FLS team to comply with a Statutory Plant Health Notice that requires the felling of all larch affected by tree disease Phytophthora ramorum.

Planning forester, Roger Wilson, said: ‘Developing this new plan is a chance for us to redesign the forest to make it more resilient in years to come.

‘There are a lot of issues to think about with the plan. As well as balancing sustainable timber production with improvements to the forest’s visual amenity and the recreational trails, we’re also having to think about how best we can remove the diseased trees in a way that will not impact on the reservoir and local water supplies.

‘We are already discussing options with Scottish Water but it is another aspect of the management of this forest that many people will be interested in, so we want as many people as possible to give us feedback on the proposed plan.’

Anyone looking for more information can contact roger.wilson@forestryandland.gov.scot

The consultation will run until Thursday June 30.