Woodland role used to boost quality of life

Woodland should be used to restore brownfield sites and improve the quality of life in Scot-land's towns and cities, according to the Scottish Executive.

The executive has accepted the recommendations of a report into the long-term role of Forestry Commission Scotland's estate. These include creating wildlife habitats near settlements and transport corridors, developing community forests and investing in facilities near major cities.

Deputy environment and rural development minister Lewis Macdonald said: "We want everyone in Scotland to benefit from our national forests so it's our intention to move trees closer to where people live and work."

Review of Land Managed by Forestry Commission Scotland can be viewed via www.PlanningResource.co.uk.

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