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Community votes to buy woodland

Pine trees
Residents hope to buy the woodland for the community

A community vote has come out in favour of a bid to buy about 600 acres of woodland in southern Scotland.

Residents around Closeburn in Dumfries and Galloway will now pursue their goal of purchasing the Clauchrie Woodlands.

The local community council received 92% support for its ballot to assess public approval of the move.

A trust has now been formed to formally apply to buy the woodlands from the Forestry Commission under the National Forest Land Scheme.

Cathy Head, chairwoman of Closeburn Community Council, said the outcome of the poll was a "fantastic result".

"This takes us a huge step towards acquiring the woodlands which everyone wants to keep as a beautiful and natural place for us all to enjoy," she said.



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