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Woodlands in and around Towns

Woodlands close to our towns and villages are important to the communities surrounding them.  Woodlands are important to surrounding landscape, they provide valuable habitats for wildlife and they offer an opportunity to reconnect with nature and take part in informal recreation.

The Scottish Forestry Strategy sets priorities for action to provide woodland recreation opportunities near towns and to contribute to the radical improvement in the quality and setting of urban areas. This aim is also set out in the Forest and Woodlands Stategy for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.

Aberdeenshire Council is currently working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Forestry Commission Scotland to fulfil these aims, identifying opportunities for new and improved woodland areas around settlements.

In recent years work has been ongoing in Ellon, Peterhead and Huntly with improvements undertaken in existing woodlands (improved paths, new signage, non-native tree removal, erection of bird and bat boxes, tree thinning in line with good woodland management) and the creation of new woodlands.

Over the summer local people in Banchory, Stonehaven, Kintore, Turriff, Banff and Mintlaw have had the opportunity to say how they feel their local woodlands should be managed.  The new woodland management plans for woodlands in these areas will be produced later this year.  Subject to grant funding it is hoped we will be able to start on the ground work in these woodlands in spring 2010.

If you live in one of the six towns mentioned above and want to be kept informed of the work as it progresses, please email wiat@aberdeenshire.gov.uk