Harper Macleod assists Forestry Commission Scotland with Woodland Purchase


Harper Macleod has provided legal advice which helped Forestry Commission Scotland purchase over 120 hectares of woodland and open land in the Tweed Valley near Peebles. Partner Graeme Nisbet, Associate Craig McKerracher and Solicitor Clare Beattie carried out all due diligence and assisted the Commission with the preparation of legal documentation required to secure the purchase at Castle Hill.

The new woodland will enable the Commission to link up with land purchased last year, creating the chance to manage a “shop window” landscape for the Tweed Valley. The purchase is part of the Commission’s Scotland-wide ‘re-positioning programme’. In this on-going programme, surplus land is sold off to fund the purchase of new land that brings about greater environmental, social and economic benefits.

Graeme Nisbet, Head of Real Estate, commented: “We’re pleased to have helped the Commission secure this new area of land which is an extremely interesting site from an archaeological perspective as it contains an important prehistoric fort on the summit of Castle Hill and links the impressive 16th century tower houses of Cardrona, Nether Horsburgh and Shieldgreen. The land also links up several plantations belonging to FCS in the Peeblesshire Area.

“Throughout the transaction, our main priority was to work with the Commission’s in-house estates team to submit a compelling offer which provides substantial benefits to the environment and local communities. We’re looking forward to seeing the forest developed into what the Commission aims to be an exemplar forest for the 21st century with a wide range of tree species and habitats.”


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