Kilfinan Community Forest
Kilfinan Community Forest Company (KCFC) is charity set up in 2007 to work with and for the local community to manage and develop their forest, creating opportunities for a sustainable future for the local economy, recreation and tourism, the environment and education.
When KCFC was founded Acharossan forest was a dense, impenetrable plantation of commercial plantation forestry, largely a monoculture of commercial Sitka spruce. Since then much of the our income, as well as grants from our funders, has be spent to allowed us to open up access to much of the forest.
There is now a circular path within the forest which starts by the car park and winds up through the woodland to the Victorian waterfall, with an extra loop that carries on up the Allt Mor burn and a rough path up to Barr Liath. If you’re walking this route, keep a lookout for local primary school pupils’ forest inspired artwork, as well as bird and squirrel boxes nestled high up in the trees, and a wide variety of wild life in our dipping pond.
The principal activity of KCFC is to manage ownership over 500 hectares of Acharossan Forest - purchased from the Forestry Commission Scotland in 2010 and 2015 - to deliver a range of benefits to the community of Kilfinan.
These benefits include local employment, the development of recreational activities, the creation of a valuable educational resource for environmental activities, and the provision of affordable housing opportunities.
A further key aim is to create a truly ‘working forest’, with training and volunteering opportunities to bring key forestry skills to the community. As well as creating new infrastructure, KCFC manages the existing forest to protect the local environment and sustain a natural forest.
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