My name is Bob Chalmers a veteran
Royal Marine and current Chairman of The Royal Marine Association Highland Branch.
I am only too willing to offer my personal support and that of the Highland Branch of The Royal Marine Association in your efforts to purchase the woodlands at Loch Arkaig Nr Achnacarry.
It is only right in view of the importance of these woods, in particular the part they played in the training of The Commandos during the Second World War and Royal Marines since that these woodlands be brought under community control. This area is of significant importance in the history of our country and indeed in increasing relevance in the future, both as a place of interest and of reverence. It is in addition to being a social resource for the community, has the potential of having a financial significance to the area.
From a military perspective in addition to its importance as a training area for service personnel it is also a place of pilgrimage for former commandos thus binging considerable finance into the area at the moment, and of increasing financial benefits if managed and marketed to it's full potential in the future. We as Branch and along with other Branches and serving personnel are down in the area on at least four occasions per year. There is the potential for these visits to be built on and increased either in scale or frequency, thus bringing in further revenue to the area.
I wish you success with purchase of The Woodland.