HC Deb 16 July 1926 vol 198 cc776-7W

asked the hon. Member for Monmouth, as representing the Forestry Commissioners, what operations are now contemplated by the Forestry Commissioners in the counties of Sutherland and Caithness; and, in particular, what policy they propose to pursue in regard to their forest at Borgie?


Planting and incidental operations will proceed steadily but on a small scale on the Borgie Estate, which was acquired by the Board of Agriculture for Scotland before the Commission was established. The conditions there are difficult and the Commissioners do not feel justified in proceeding quicker at present. No other areas have been acquired in the two counties named, as the land offered was unsuitable in quality or extent or the terms were unacceptable. The Commissioners are prepared to consider any reasonable offers of land suitable for planting. Grants for afforestation schemes are available to local authorities and others.