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Laggan Forest Trust

Area of Operation:

Parish of Laggan
Highland & Western Isles

Established:
1998
Population:
400
Number of Staff:
2

How We Started

The village of Laggan (Pop. 220 approx) is situated in the Central Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges. The Trust was established in 1998 in order to secure the community a proactive stake in the ongoing management of the local forest in partnership with the Forestry Commission

What We Do

Initially the Trust established a trading subsidiary, the Laggan Forest Trust Forestry Company which was contracted to undertake a range of commercial forestry and environmental management activities. The Forestry Commission opened the Wolftrax mountain biking trails in woodland near Laggan in 2004, and in 2005 Laggan Forest Trust purchased 3 areas of land from the Forestry Commission to enable further developmental activities around forestry, tourism and recreation to be undertaken. In 2014 the Trust finally started building its own Forest Centre on its land at Wolftrax; this will incorporate a cafĂ©, bike hire shop and learning space, as well as providing a permanent base for the Trust. In 2014 the Trust also employed a Business Development Officer, funded by the Scottish Government’s Strengthening Communities programme, through DTAS, to help develop sustainable Forest Centre activities and business opportunities.

Contact Details

Joanna Gilliatt
Support Officer

Tel:
01528 544366

Tags associated with Laggan Forest Trust:
Forestry/woodland

Last Updated: Wed, 27/08/2014 - 13:39