Moffat Community Woodlands and Annandale Estates are delighted to announce agreement to transfer ownership of Gallow Hill to the community. Following considerable joint discussions and working between the two parties over the last year, and with the Scottish Land Fund [SLF] and Highlands and Islands Enterprise [HIE], funding has been announced by SLF today which allows the transfer to take place.
Welcoming the award, Tom Mulholland, Chair of Moffat Community Woodlands said:
“The original woodland on Gallow Hill was planted in the mid-18th century as part of the land improvements which enabled the town of Moffat to be founded. The Hill was converted to commercial forestry in the 1920s, but with the help of the Scottish Land Fund, and working with Annandale Estates, transfer of ownership to the community means that we can begin the process of returning the hill to its former function and place in the life of the town. Our first priority after transfer of ownership will be drawing up and implementing a planting plan for a native woodland which meets with the approval of the Forestry Commission. This will include a deer management strategy and assessments of other wildlife populations and ranges.
“Gallow Hill has a bright future and we are grateful for the support and hard work from so many people in Moffat and further afield which has got us to this stage”.
David Johnstone on behalf of Annandale Estates said:
“Annandale Estates is delighted to work with the people of Moffat for the transfer of Gallow Hill to the community. It is an unique area that the community have had access to for recreation for many years. We realised that when the current forestry crop was harvested, it presented a great opportunity to gauge the local interest in taking on the ownership. It has been a long but rewarding experience to see this come to fruition.”
The legal transfer of the site will take place over the next 2-3 months, but a planting plan will be drawn up as a first priority. Anyone interested in being involved can contact Moffat Community Woodlands as below: