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Forres sites approved for tree planting


By Garry McCartney

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Proposed site of tree planting at Forres Train Station.
Proposed site of tree planting at Forres Train Station.

MORE than a dozen sites around Moray have been approved for compensatory tree planting by councillors.

The action is required when a planning application involves the felling of woodland – an eight-week consultation on potential sites was undertaken by Moray Council, closing in November 2019.

Two dozen comments were made by members of the public, community groups and key consultees and, from this feedback, a final list of approved sites was approved by the local authority’s planning committee.

Local sites suitable for compensatory tree planting, for which £26.6k has already been received, include Blaven Court, Bogton Park, Califer Road, Forres train station and Mannachie Park.

Chairman of Moray Council’s Planning and Regulatory Services Committee, Councillor David Bremner, thanked those who took part in the public consultation.

He said: “The feedback helped identify the most appropriate sites. It’s important that the felling of woodland is mitigated and, with landowners’ consent, we’ll progress tree planting to enhance and protect the landscape and biodiversity of these areas.”

The quantity of trees per site has not been confirmed yet.

A Council spokeswoman added: “We’ll take advice from specialists on the quantity and types of trees suitable for each location.”

Bogton Park, Forres proposed site of tree planting...Picture: Becky Saunderson..
Bogton Park, Forres proposed site of tree planting...Picture: Becky Saunderson..

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