Carrick Farm, Carrick Castle Forestry Proposal


Proposal for the Establishment of a Mixed Forest with the Planting Plan at Carrick Farm, Carrick Castle.

                                                

If you are interested in the above please read and look at the following.  You have until 21st March 2013 to comment on the proposals to the Forestry Commission and Argyll Conservancy in Perth.

A further meeting is being requested with UPM Tilhill and members will be advised if and when this will take place.

The Proposal

The latest e-mail we (Douglas Locke & Liz Evans) have received from Tilhill follows dated 26th April 2013: -

I still haven’t managed a visit to Carrick, but a couple of my colleagues were on site during the week. They have seen your correspondence and photographs and were able to look at the situation on site on my behalf.

I have been told that we will not be carrying out any tree planting in the area between the overhead power line and your property. We have put some flags (green) out to indicate the likely lower extent of the planting line behind the village.

I’m afraid that we cannot commit to maintaining the old drains below the power line on a regular basis, although we would clean them out if they became blocked as a direct result of our operations on the hill above. We will be putting in drains above the power line and I hope that these would benefit the water situation behind your house (we certainly wouldn’t do anything to make it worse).

Our detailed plans for the woodland planting and associated operations are still being developed. We will make sure that the plans are made available to the Carrick community when they have been finalised and we will continue to keep the community informed as the project progresses.

Best regards, Stephen.
S B Tong – Forest Manager

The previous e-mail we (Douglas Locke & Liz Evans) have received follows dated 26th March 2013: -

I feel that I should look at the situation on site before responding to your points in detail. I should be able to manage that during April. In the meantime, I would like to assure you that no tree planting will be carried out close enough to your property to adversely affect the productivity of your solar panels or present a risk in the future from falling trees reaching your boundary.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen.
S B Tong – Forest Manager
UPM Tilhill, Novar, Kilmun, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8SD
stephen.tong@upm.com

Another e-mail has been received by one of our members from UPM Tilhill on 15th March 2013: -

Subject: RE: Carrick Woodland Creation Update: Link to Environmental Statement

We have always recognised that where the trees would start behind your properties would be a major concern for all the neighbours at Carrick.

The scale of the maps do make it very difficult to visualise just how far back the planting will be behind your properties and do not describe the growth habit/heights of the proposed tree species.

Sometime in April I will come around to Carrick with one of the Forest Managers and we will use bamboo canes and tape to set out where we plan the woodland edge to be. We can let you know before hand and if it fits in once the line is marked we can call on you and look at it from your properties perspective to see if it remains a concern for you.

Regards,
John
John Little | District Manager | Tel. +44 (0) 01631 562906 | Mob. +44 (0) 7831 472 476 | Fax: +44 (0) 01631 566751 | john.little@upm.com

The following e-mail has been received on 11th March 2013 from UPM Tilhill: -

Subject: Carrick Woodland Creation Update: Link to Environmental Statement
 
Environmental Statement - I am sorry that it has taken me so long to find out how best to share the Environmental Statement (ES) for the proposed woodland creation at Carrick with you electronically. I have been advised that Dropbox is probably the simplest way, and having tested it today I agree – now all I can do is hope that it also works for you. The link below should allow you access to the information.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ysq6kjqiv04zzys/ricpJAhZ50

There are a lot of different Appendices and maps that are referred to in the ES that are also available, if required, but these include a lot of detail which can be confusing, so I have included only the main ES and a small selection of maps. If any of you want to see more detail of appendices or maps referred to in the ES then please get in touch with me and I will provide another link. I have also included the output from the previous Public Meeting as this is still important as it captures the main issues of concern to you last year that we are already taking account of.

If you have any comments additional to those given at the meeting in the Lochgoilhead Hall last year then please feel free to email them to me as soon as possible.

The Environmental Statement has gone to other Statutory Consultees as well as yourselves and other interested parties, so we cannot be sure at this stage that this is a final design prior to hopefully being able to start work on actually creating some woodland.

Jubilee Wood – Although it is a bit late – the owners, in conjunction with the Woodland Trust, intend to plant around 200 native broadleaved trees close to the track to the Scottish Water building in April this year to commemorate the Queens Jubilee. The planting is to be done by local school children. Although we hope it is a sign of things to come this is a standalone project as part of a bigger initiative as per the link below to the website. I will circulate more details to you just before it happens.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/jubilee-woods/Pages/home.aspx

Regards,
John Little
John Little | District Manager | Tel. +44 (0) 01631 562906 | Mob. +44 (0) 7831 472 476 | Fax: +44 (0) 01631 566751 | john.little@upm.com

UPM Tilhill, West Highland District, Claremont , Glencruitten, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4QA | www.upm-tilhill.com

Tilhill Forestry Ltd, trading as UPM Tilhill | Registered in England: number 3242286 | Registered office: Unit 1, Birchden Farm, Broadwater Forest Lane, Groombridge, Kent. TN3 9NR.

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If any member would like to borrow a copy of the CD relating to this Proposal, please telephone Liz Evans or Douglas Locke on 01301 703098 to find out the availability for borrowing the CD.

The Planting Plan

Newsletter July 2012

Further information: -

We have summarised the comments we noted below for your information. Please feel free to reply to this email with any additional comments that you think we have failed to capture. Your comments will be considered and addressed when a formal Woodland Creation Submission is made to the Forestry Commission. There will be an opportunity at that time to comment further on the detailed proposal.

Carrick - Open Public Consultation. 22.05.12. 4pm to 7pm

   

Category

Issues Raised

Public Benefit

Tidy up the “Bowling Green” (Floating Pier/Stacking Area). Landscape the area
 in such a manner as would prevent unauthorised access and camping.

Public Benefit

Jetty as permanent structure for community use?

Public Benefit

Allow public use of tracks?

Public Benefit

Low level path to provide circular walk?

Public Benefit

Tracks linking to Ardentinny?

Environment

Control flood water down forest road to bridge.

Environment

Knotweed control required.

Environment

Rhododendron control?

Environment

Ground nesting herons.

Environment

Otters present.

Environment

Midges bad already do not want them to get worse.

Environment

Possible increases in deer numbers ? more deer damage in gardens, more
deer on public roads and possible welfare issues (from fencing).

Neighbours

Noise ranging in Loch - Cannot have noise interference underwater or above
ground.

Neighbours

Conifers too close to houses in the south of village. Preference for maintaining
light and breeze.

Neighbours

Imperative that the top of the ownership is stock fenced.

Neighbours

Water supply pipes need to be identified and marked - several advised.

Neighbours

Water tank for caravans Ardnahein

Neighbours

Boundary fences need to be checked and discussions on condition with
neighbours - no surprise requests for contributions towards fence replacement

Neighbours

The owner of Ardnahein farm owns a significant section of the tarmacadam
road beyond the end of the public road. This requires a lot of maintenance.
He does not believe that we have a right of access over the privately owned
road. Check titles.

Neighbours

Ditch and small triangle of ground. Check ownership

Access

Public road unsuitable for additional traffic, especially heavy deliveries
to/from Carrick.

Access

Timing and communication for low-loader and other deliveries.

Access

Controlled access to Loch Goil for boats.

Communication

Website for uploading progress or by email or notice in village. Noticeboard
in bus shelter possibly both?

Communication

Advance notice of road building

Communication

Contact details/addresses for 14 interested parties.

General Comment

Concerned about other potential development especially windfarm.

General Comment

Positive comments about the creation of a woodland.

General Comment

Positive comments about the species mix.

John Little | District Manager | Tel. +44 (0) 01631 562906 | Mob. +44 (0) 7831 472 476  
Fax: +44 (0) 01631 566751 | john.little@upm.com

UPM Tilhill, West Highland District, Claremont , Glencruitten, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4QA 
www.upm-tilhill.com

Tilhill Forestry Ltd, trading as UPM Tilhill | Registered in England: number 3242286 
Registered office: Blackham Court, Withyham, East Sussex, TN7 4DB.

UPM – The Biofore Company
UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future.