HC Deb 12 July 1938 vol 338 c1103
34. Mr. Leslie

asked the right hon. and gallant Member for Rye, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, whether, in view of the success achieved in the planting of trees in wind-swept peat land, the 'Commissioners will consider trying a similar experiment in the Shetland Isles?

Colonel Sir George Courthope (Forestry Commissioner)

The Forestry Commissioners are not prepared to undertake an experiment in the planting of trees in the Shetland Isles as they are convinced there would be no prospect of success.

Mr. Leslie

Is it not the case that the planting of trees has been successful in the Western Isles, and therefore, why should it not be done in the Shetland Isles? Why have the Commissioners come to this conclusion? Have they made any experiment, or taken expert advice?

Constituency. Area acquired by Forestry Commission. Area planted to date. Area remaining to plant. Number of Forest Workers' Holdings.
Acres. Acres. Acres.
South-West Norfolk 30,000 25,600 2,700 102
South Norfolk 8,400 3,400 2,900 36
Bury St. Edmunds 14,400 6,100 5,600 51

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