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 Forestry Commission Scotland to fulfil these aims, identifying opportunities for improving management to enhance woodlands close to settlements.
In recent years work has been ongoing in Ellon, Huntly, Portlethen and Kintore 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.