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Ben A'an...

By Scottishlandscapes  
...before the forrest was removed, we now have another mountain that looks like a bomb site in the Trossachs National Park.

I've added a version, it shows part of Glen Etive where trees have been removed, many more removed that shown in this image.

Tags: News Scotland Trossachs Mountains Highlands Landscape and travel Forrests


Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 7:47AM
like the colours changing in the trees already
and the mist ...atmospheric shot
like this Dougie
24 Aug 2016 7:52AM
Removed the forest…why?
24 Aug 2016 8:00AM
They are cutting down trees all over Scotland, the story goes that Churchill planned that as many trees as possible would be planted for future harvest after the war, to sure which one. Well the landowners have been cutting them down, many of the glens and mountains look like shorn sheep.
The forrest that were cut down are to be replanted with local area trees not the Sitka Spruce which was planted wrongly. During recent storms many trees were blown down because the roots on the spruce are so shallow as is the soil on Scottish hills.

This is a put together story and may not be historically accurate, but some research will find the facts.

Maybe I need to delve deeper?

Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 8:25AM

Quote: many of the glens and mountains look like shorn sheep.

They certainly do at the moment Dougie, that's the perfect way to describe them.

Love this, wonderful atmopshere/mood....great record of how it looked.

Richsr 14 91 223 England
24 Aug 2016 8:30AM
Captured the mood of this day well here Dougie.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 8:30AM
A beautiful image Dougie, full of mystery.

I agree, the area around Inverness is scarred with land where the forest has been removed. It seems that landowners and the Forestry Commission are keen to cash in on their assets. Yet the price of timber is very low at the moment. I know the dense monoculture is not native to Scotland but I am still sad when these great swathes of forest are cut down.

capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 9:32AM
A beautiful shot. I'm sure time will heal the scars and the landscape may be all the better for it.......eventually.Smile

24 Aug 2016 9:50AM
I believe it's an almost identical situation in Ennerdale, Cumbria, though I've not been there in a while so I don't know if it's actually happened yet …replanting with species that historically belong there. It's called "Rewilding." They're also, I think, looking at the possibility of reintroducing Lynx, as there is a shortage of natural predators to control the deer population. Hmmm… maybe next they'll suggest moving us all back into mud huts, or maybe even caves?
24 Aug 2016 9:52AM
Version… not a pretty sight.
bledzo 9 90 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 9:54AM
A sight never to be seen again in our lifetime, so sad that this deforestation for whatever reason is destroying our heritage. Thanks for sharing Dougie just as well you have a great archive of Scotland's magnificent landscapes.
24 Aug 2016 10:29AM
Sadly not in my lifetime for sure Joe.
We live in hope.

24 Aug 2016 12:08PM
Beautiful atmospheric lead image, V1 very sad hope they are going to replace those trees. My father planted trees in the Lake District during the second World War.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
24 Aug 2016 2:17PM
Autumn on it's way already. A lovely image, lead one. V1, looks so barren and will take a long time to have trees again.
24 Aug 2016 2:25PM
Beautiful image
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 4:12PM
A wonderfully moody and atmospheric landscape. with a great panoramic in support.

Thanks for sharing Dougie

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
danbrann 17 640 17
24 Aug 2016 4:54PM
A historical and geographical lesson Dougie not to mention photography. There are lessons to be learned but I bet it was no ones fault...Good photographyy
Niknut Plus
11 3.1k 82 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2016 6:02PM
Lovely lead shot !!......making the second shot look like a nuclear-blast site?....certainly
hasn't done any favours for Glen Etive !!.
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2016 9:52PM
The comparison with shorn sheep is great Dougie! It might be good to replant with local trees - still this massive cutting of big trees! Couldn't it be done peu-à-peu?
27 Aug 2016 10:26PM
They are doing that to some extent Johanna but it still leaves terrible scars on the hillsides.

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