Developer fells ancient woodland without EIA

A hotel developer has been forced to restore part of an ancient woodland in a national park after it illegally felled trees to make way for a car park without carrying out an environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Halle Enterprises was forced to replant 300 pine and birch trees near its Carrbridge Hotel off the A938, after it illegally felled part of a 140-year-old Scots pine forest in the Cairngorms national park.

The Scotland Forestry Commission (now Scottish Forestry) confirmed last month that the business had planted the saplings, but added that the company would need to monitor and protect the trees for the next 10 years.

Native Scots pine woodland is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) priority habitat identified in the Scottish biodiversity list and one of the few types of conifer actually native to the UK. 

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