Following earlier community consultations over the last two years, Forestry Commission Scotland is holding follow up drop-in days to gather comments on the proposed forest design plan for the Kilpatrick Hills.
A large area of land was purchased by the Commission in 2012 to link up with existing plantations in Aucheneden, Auchentoirlie, Merkins and the newly created woodland at Cochno.
The Commission is looking to reshape the woodlands in these areas to make them better fit the landscape and create an extended path network to enable more people to access popular spots and enjoy the hills.
Covering an area equivalent to 3300 large football pitches, the proposed design plan has developed significantly after previous public feedback and analysis.
Matt Buckland, Forestry Commission Scotland’s community and recreation manager for the area comments: “The Kilpatricks have been treasured by hill foot communities and the wider area for hundreds of years.
“The Forest Design Plan sets out the vision of the Kilpatrick Hills so it is very important that people are aware of what it planned.
“We would encourage members of the public to come to the drop-in days to see what is planned and to give us plenty of feedback so that we can refine plans if necessary.
“Everyone is welcome so please come along, ask questions and have your say in the shaping of this wonderful wild landscape.”
The public will be able to see the proposals, a large scale model of the landscape and speak to the Commission’s staff at a number of venues throughout January:
• Clydebank Shopping Centre, Sylvania Way, Clydebank, (old BHS café space) Saturday 18th January, 10am - 4pm
• Edenmill Farm Shop, Blanefield, Glasgow, G63 9AX, Sunday 19th January, 12 noon - 4pm
• Napier Hall, Dumbarton Road, Old Kilpatrick, G60 5JH, Tuesday 21st January, 4pm - 7.30pm
• Artizan Centre, Dumbarton, G82 1LJ, Saturday 25th January, 10am - 4pm
For more information on the Kilpatrick Hills community consultation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 07770 430185 or visit: www.forestry.gov.uk/kilpatrickhills.
Forestry Commission Scotland has a 20 year management responsibility for the Kilpatrick Hills which involves taking an immediate and long term view of planting, forest maintenance and accessibility improvements to encourage more people to enjoy the hilly wild landscape.
The Kilpatrick Hills are an expansive range of hills that lies on the North of the River Clyde overlooking Dumbarton and Clydebank. The nearest location is Old Kilpatrick, only nine miles west of Glasgow city centre and easily accessed by rail, road, cycle and bus routes.