Arkaig Community Forest is a charitable community organisation set up to acquire a biologically and culturally rich native pinewood site in north Lochaber. These two remote forest blocks, covering some 1086 hectares on the south shore of Loch Arkaig, are being sold by Forestry Commission Scotland as 'surplus', and Arkaig Community Forest has been approved by FCS as eligible to purchase them at an open market valuation set by the District Valuer during 2015.
The woods contain remnants of the iconic Loch Arkaig Pinewood, once part of the ancient Caledonian forest which was widespread across the Highlands. We aim to restore and expand the native woodland habitats, and to improve the ecological, economic and social value of the woods, bringing multiple gains to the area, preserving and enhancing these woodlands for public benefit and reconnecting people with the land.
Arkaig Community Forest SCIO is set up as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (usually known as a SCIO) – Charity Number SC045209. The SCIO is a separate legal entity to its Members, and Members of the SCIO have no personal responsibility for the liabilities of the SCIO.
Two categories of membership are available for those who support the objectives of the SCIO:- (1) Ordinary Membership – for permanent residents of the SCIO’s defined membership area, currently defined by postcode areas PH34 4EJ and PH34 4EL; and (2) Associate Membership – for anyone resident outwith those areas. Ordinary Members have the right to vote at Membership meetings, and the board of the charity must contain a majority of Ordinary Members. Associate Members can provide valuable support to the SCIO in a variety of ways, will be eligible to attend events and meetings, and will be kept up to date with the news and progress of this exciting initiative.
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By completing the form above I confirm that I am aged 18 years or over, and I agree to comply with the ACF SCIO Constitution. The SCIO’s Constitution has been prepared and approved in conjunction with Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Forestry Commission Scotland and The Scottish Land Fund and reflects their requirements for community ownership.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Arkaig Community Forest SCIO,
Coille Coimhearsnachd Airceig, Scottish Charity No: SCO45209
Secretary - Ali Austin
4, Forestry Houses, Clunes, Achnacarry, Spean Bridge, PH34 4EJ