Michael Kaufmann and myself met Munro Gauld the Development Trust’s business consultant for the Stronafian Forest enterprise today to introduce him to the forest and give him a chance to assess the project before meeting with the board in the afternoon. We had a good walk up to one of the highest points and were able to survey much of the timber.
Munro was particular impressed with the amenity value of the deciduous woodland, and could see lots of potential for community use in the areas above the clachan, including a Forest School which was something those on the Mull Visit had been particularly struck by.
After a short lunch at the Colintraive (Patricia’s sandwiches were excellent as ever) I was able to introduce Munro to the board and we had and interesting hour or so looking at both the structure of the plan, and our progress towards the application to the National Forest Land Scheme.
Munro’s input is being funded by the HIE through CAMS, for which we are very grateful.