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Integrated Land Management Plans

Integrated Land Management Plans are our way of working closely with land managers within the context of their individual businesses to develop strategic business plans which will identify and progress actions that will deliver both business and National Park priorities. Our ambition is that these Plans become the basis of a long-term relationship between the business and the National Park Authority.

Integrated Land Management Plans are our way of working closely with land managers within the context of their individual businesses to develop strategic plans which will identify and progress actions that will progress multiple benefits for both private interests and National Park priorities. Our aim is that these Plans will become the basis of a long-term relationship between each business and the National Park Authority.

The Park Authority owns very little land within the National Park. The land is owned by a number of different landowners, ranging from small farms to extensive estates. Many farms/estates have been in the same family for generations, long before the creation of the National Park.

We prioritise the land holdings we work with, based on their potential to deliver significant results in relation to National Park priorities. We work with clusters of land managers where this increases the potential to deliver results at a landscape scale.

By collaborating with these businesses to develop Integrated Land Management Plans, we aim to improve their economic and environmental sustainability in order to support the integrated land use practices that will deliver these Park priorities.

Creating a Land Management Plan

The creation of an integrated land management plan involves working closely with land managers to discuss their current and future business plans. We support land managers to plan and deliver multiple environmental and social benefits alongside economic return, through the creation and delivery of an integrated land management plan.

Conservation Priority 4.1 of our National Park Partnership Plan for 2018-2023 covers integrated land management plans. More details about our Partnership Plan can be found at: http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/park-authority/what-we-do/national-park-partnership-plan-2018-2023/

We offer a range of guidance tailored to the needs of each land manager. The business areas and enterprises we look at are set out here.

We use a template to create a comprehensive plan, which includes a list of actions that the Park Authority advise would be beneficial to the holding

Extensive research takes place on a range of areas including:

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry, woodland and trees
  • Sporting activities including deer management
  • Management of peatland
  • Renewable energy

We utilise the knowledge of our in-house experts and seek assistance from external partner agencies including:

We have developed five land management plans with estates in the National Park, these estates include Cashel, Lochdochart Estate and Portnellan Farm.

  • Cashel lies to the east of Loch Lomond and is owned by The Royal Scottish Forestry Society (RSFS). The Integrated Land Management Plan for Cashel can be found here. Additional information about Cashel can be found on their website: http://www.cashel.org.uk/index.html
  • Lochdochart Estate lies in upper Glen Dochart and Strathfillan, more information about the estate is available at: http://lochdochart.co.uk/
  • Portnellan Farm is a family farm on the south shore of Loch Lomond, more information can be found at: http://portnellanfarm.co.uk/

We continue to work with the land managers with whom we have already developed a land management plan, and we are keen to engage with other land managers within the National Park. If you are well-positioned to help us achieve this, please contact us at landmanagment@lochlomond-trossachs.org

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