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Locals have the chance to ask questions about forest proposal

By Sarah Roger

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A PUBLIC meeting is being held next week regarding the controversial proposed tree planting at Mains of Rhynie.

A representative from Treeline Forestry Ltd will be there to answer questions from the community about the proposal, which would see large-scale tree planting taking place.

Treeline Forestry Ltd was established in Inverness in 2010 and provides forestry management, woodland creation and timber harvesting across the north of Scotland and Perthshire.

Concerns from locals have already been mounting on social media about replacing agricultural land with forest. Some residents are worried about "mile upon mile of farmland gone under trees" saying "farm land should be for food".

Kate Beverly, a tenant farmer, said: "The proposed woodland is so aggressive in its scope and proximity to adjacent homes and landowners. We're talking about 200 hectares!

"It is the scale of this that most concerns me. It's farming land, it's Pictish Royal land and its impact on our village and surrounding properties and landscape is significant."

She added: "This proposal is not actually a woodland creation at all, but a business or carbon credit venture. Let's be honest.

"There is other land available – rough, upland pasture and ground previously planted in trees. There is no justification for this misuse."

Treeline Forestry Ltd have been invited to comment.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 2 at 7.30pm at Fourteen, The Square, Rhynie.

There will be opportunities to ask any questions and to discuss the proposal.

Contact Tap O Noth Community Council for further information: taponothcc@gmail.com

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