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Woodland creation scheme in Menstrie Glen

One of the UK’s largest woodland creation schemes in recent years, being carried out by Scottish Land & Estates members UPM Tilhill, will see 1.3 million trees being planted on a site above Menstrie, within the Ochil Hills on the border of Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Perthshire.
Over the next six months, 1.3 million trees involving 16 species will be planted, 30 per cent of which will be native or amenity species. Productive conifers include Douglas Fir, Norway spruce, Scots pine and Sitka spruce to provide high-quality timber. The trees will sequestrate 183,000 tonnes of CO2 in one rotation of the forest (40 years), equivalent to the emissions of 68 per cent of households in Menstrie – and therefore meeting the priorities of the Scottish Forestry Strategy.
The site will also help meet local and national demands for the supply of good-quality timber products for a wide range of markets and local end users, which are important employers.
Five full-time equivalent jobs will be created and up to 50 mainly local and experienced contractors will be employed to help with the ground cultivation, fencing, planting and maintenance. A community tree planting event, within the community woodland area above Menstrie, will also be held in the Easter holidays to promote the site to the local community.

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