SAVE THE GRETAS*
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Stakis Forestry LLP are planning a 1.3 million tree forest on the hills and valleys behind Largs. This heritage beauty spot is much used by locals and visitors who have had open access for walking, swimming, camping and picknicking over many years. The area and walks are listed in tourist guides and are loved and well used by visitors and locals of all ages. Deer, hares, rabbits and birds make every walk an interesting wildlife adventure for young and old alike. The hills and valleys provide a spectacular, ever changing backdrop to Largs and the views from the hills are uninterrupted bliss. This haven is the hillside equivalent of Largs's much loved promenade. Stakis Forestry LLP have purchased two farming estates and intend creating one of the largest commercial forests in Southern Scotland. While accepting some forestation will probably occur, we believe it is a step too far to have blanket planting on this well used, precious, recreational area, right down to the bottom of the hill.
We request Mr Stakis restrict planting to an area East of the Greeto Burn and keep the South bank of the Gogo valley tree free below the Gogo/Greeto "Meeting of the Waters".
This would reduce the number of trees overall by approximately 20% but would still allow the developers to benefit significantly from Government Planting Grants and Commercial logging in the future. This over and above the benefits they will derive from the two mini hydro stations already being built. By agreeing to this petition, Mr Stakis would help reduce further disturbance to one of Largs's treasures and perhaps regain the support of the local community.
* The GRETAS is a name fondly used by locals to refer to the Gogo Valley and hillside straddling the farm track which runs from Bellsdale to the Greeto/Greta burn.
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