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The Consultation for proposed woodland creation at North Logiealmond has now closed. Our thanks to everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback which we are now be reviewing. Within the next 4 weeks we will respond directly to everyone who commented.

Updates regarding the proposals will be posted from time to time on this web site, so please look out for those in the weeks ahead.

About North Logiealmond

The land holding at North Logiealmond extends to approximately 2,185 ha and is operated as a mixed land-use estate, with arable and pastoral agricultural production, sporting use, and a small-scale forestry element.

The principle landuse is sheep farming and the farming enterprise is managed by 1 full time farming family under a contract farming agreement, encompassing an area of 2,170 ha supporting 1,500 breeding ewes.

Potential landuse change:

The identification of woodland creation as an alternative land use to agriculture, and the areas identified for it, arose following a strategic review of the estate’s land management enterprises in 2017. Initially the majority of the contract farming area was assessed for woodland creation potential, but following early consultation with the farmer, the east end of the property was deemed the preferred area, with farming operations continuing over the majority of the remaining landholding.

The Estate wish to retain agriculture as the dominant land use and economic activity in the local area. The draft proposal will convert ~480 ha of the landholding amounting to ~22% of the total, to an approximately 50:50 mixed commercial and native woodland.

Flock size will not be significantly reduced with grazing being intensified on the better land and in order to maintain stock numbers, the estate will invest in a series of improvements across the remaining farm, including the creation of a new hill park, new fencing, liming and drainage improvements, as well as ensuring the hefted hill flock can safely traverse around the proposed deer fence to/from lambing fields. ~89Ha of land within the woodland creation area will be stock fenced and retained in agriculture.

A detailed Agricultural Impact Assessment has been undertaken and will form Appendix 6 of the Forestry Grant Scheme application.