South Scotland

Scottish woodland expansion debate begins

The first of a series of meetings on plans to expand Scotland's woodlands is being held in the south of the country.

The Woodland Expansion Advisory Group (WEAG) is consulting on the Scottish government's proposals.

A first meeting is being held in Dumfries with further events to follow in Oban, Perth, Newtown St Boswells, Inverness and Huntly.

Forestry, farming and other land-based industry representatives have been invited to attend.

WEAG was set up to find a "constructive, practical and balanced way forward" for the plans.

It has to report back to the Scottish government by the summer with its findings on what parts of the country are best suited to tree-planting.

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