Letters to The Community Council
Proposed forestry planting around Jerah Farm
The following email was addressed to the Community Council on 5 October 2012 by
Stephanie Keen, Assistant Forest Manager, UPM Tilhill
1 Duckburn Park, Stirling Road Dunblane, Perthshire, FK15 0EW
Dear Council Members,
We are currently designing a new woodland to be planted on land above Menstrie and as a body representing the interests of local residents we would like to consult the Community Council over the woodland design and proposed access routes.
We are happy to convene a meeting either here at our office in Dunblane, on site, or attend a Council meeting. The District Manager, Andrew Vaughan, is keen to explain the intended woodland design and would like to discuss your views (and any concerns) so that the design can be fine-tuned to improve its effectiveness.
In total, the site extends to over 980ha of land behind Menstrie up to the Sherriffmuir Road to the north. 195ha of this land will be planted with native broadleaves or left as open ground. An additional 280ha of the highest ground will be left open in its present condition and the rest will be planted with assorted conifers such as Douglas fir, larch, Scots pine, Norway spruce and Sitka spruce. We are aware that the area is extensively used by walkers and a network of paths has been designed into the forest to allow access across the site, and also to retain and preserve archaeological remains.
Please contact me to arrange a convenient date for a meeting.
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Response by Menstrie Community Council
Menstrie Community Council prepared a response and discussed this, responses from other outdoor organisations, and the original proposals with personnel from UPM Tilhill, Friends of the Ochils and the Ochils Paragliding Club at a meeting in The Dumyat Centre on Saturday 17th of November. A report is available at this link and will be published in Menstrie Matters.
Updated 21-Nov-2012; link to report of 17-Nov meeting