Woodland Trust to fight largest ever UK loss of woodland

We need you to help save irreplaceable ancient woodland in Scotland.

Development plans to build a vast housing and leisure complex threaten to flatten 160 hectares (400 acres) of historic Caledonian forest north west of Perth. A further 240 hectares (600 acres) of associated woodland is also threatened from the plan submitted on a part of the vast Dall Estate, which boasts unique eco systems and rare wildlife formed over hundreds and probably thousands of years.

 The Woodland Trust Scotland has now added its objections to a growing list of dissenters listed with Perth and Kinross Council.

Woodland under threat from a new golf course on the shores of Loch Rannoch

Woodland under threat from a new golf course on the shores of Loch Rannoch

 The South Rannoch woodland lies next to the Black Wood of Rannoch – the most southerly remnant of Caledonian forest in Scotland. Formed at the end of the last Ice Age it is considered to be one of the last remaining wildernesses in the British Isles.

The potential loss of woodland – the size of Regent’s Park and bigger than Hyde Park in London ( over 2 and half times the size of Glasgow’s Pollok Park) – is the biggest amount of threatened ancient woodland the Woodland Trust has ever encountered and has been described by the Woodland Trust as ‘totally ludicrous’.

South Rannoch woodlands are home to a wide variety of wildlife, much of which is not found elsewhere in the British Isles. The ‘Red List’-protected capercaillie, the population of which has declined so rapidly that it is at very real risk of extinction, is found in the woodland, together with the equally rare black grouse  – one of the most rapidly declining bird species in the UK.

Other important dependent species include bats, red squirrels, wood ants and golden eagles.

 “The Woodland Trust Scotland has submitted its objection to the plans. The proposals will effectively pour concrete over this habitat, destroying the valuable wildlife within and isolating the Black Wood of Rannoch even further”, says Andrew Fairbairn, Policy and Communications Manager Woodland Trust Scotland.

 “It is disappointing that, in this day and age, with so much more awareness of the importance of protecting the natural environment that a developer can propose something so damaging and ludicrous that would result in thousands of years of evolution being lost forever.

 “Ancient Woodland is an irreplaceable habitat and there has been no attempt to minimise the damage to it, it will just be razed to the ground if this goes ahead.”

 He continues “We call on Perth and Kinross council to throw out this planning application, due to the totally unacceptable level of environmental vandalism it will cause, and to allow this fragment of the once great forest to remain.”

 Areas of Caledonian Forest covered Scotland but now only small fragments remain. Ancient woodland is the richest habitat for species in the UK, the UK’s equivalent of the rainforest.

Help save this area of historic Caledonian forest from destruction by registering your objection with Perth and Kinross Council. Object online by visiting Perth and Kinross Council planning website then and object by clicking on the ‘leave a comment’ tab (application reference 09/01273/IPM).

Comments will be accepted until 31st August.


About Alice Farr

Senior Campaigner - ancient woodland
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3 Responses to Woodland Trust to fight largest ever UK loss of woodland

  1. elena manrique says:

    To the forest protectors: I am so sad to read about this threat , never thought I would read such news, thought in Scotland everything was pristine from the minds of ALL the inhabitants to your absolute respect of your environments, but I see there is nonsense everywhere, what a real real pity, I am Mexican and I highly encourage you to keep on defending your natural wealths, else you´d resemble my city Mexico where absurdity and madness takes over . Please do what is necessary to protect your areas. Love you all for this effort. Elena Manrique.

  2. Alice Farr says:

    Thank you for leaving your feedback Hen – we are always pleased to have feedback from supporters. I have updated the link in the blog to go through to the actual application page so that people can look at the plans and then submit comments more easily.

  3. hen says:


    I’ve had a few comments from people about making it easier for them to object to this planning application. I’m sure you have good reasons for not linking to the comments page on the actual application. So please delete this comment if you think its going to do harm.


    Warmest regards,

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