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Woodland Trust tables forest access and car park bid to Highland Council for Ben Shieldaig

By Neil MacPhail

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THE Woodland Trust charity is seeking planning permission to construct a new forest access, visitor car park, contractor parking and storage area and management track at Ben Shieldaig.

The trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK and is concerned with the creation, protection, and restoration of native woodland heritage. It has planted more than 50 million trees since 1972.

It says the new access and management track is required as the existing access from the A896 lacks visibility and is unsuitable for development.

Due to the location of archaeological features, upgrading the existing access and track is not appropriate. The new access will allow contractor and visitor vehicles to access and leave the forest area safely without impact on other road users, according to the application.

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