I think this a brilliant précis of industrial wind. I really despair of the Scottish Government and note that Fergus Ewing, who is a man I know and respect for the good that he has done in several areas, has done untold harm to the Scottish Countryside . First under Energy he decimated areas of scenic importance with Wind Factories and now, at Rural Affairs, the policy of Agroforestry is taken grazing land and, in deed, arable land for an ambition of creating 100,000 hectares of new woodland by 2022, which will(sic) make a significant contribution to achieving Scotland’s long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets according to the Minister. Oh no, still on that old hockey stick scam then. Scotland’s impact on GHG emissions on the world stage is like an ant on an elephants back. As to the benefits of agroforestry diverting funds from existing forestry the timescale of tree growth and the limit of uptake of GHG of commercial forestry suck as Sitka suggests that insufficient study has resulted in flawed policies. This is nothing to do with GHGs and much to do with supplying the timber processing industry, and especially biomass, with cheap timber. It is the three card trick! For the wind industry there is a secret benefit. Cut down trees to build a wind farm and replant, as required, on greenfield agroforestry sites which derive full subsidy benefits whereas replanting clear felled wind ‘farm’ sites would get no subsidy. although a great deal of income from timber sales. If it looks like a scam, smells like a scam, it is a scam!
Is it really worth destroying Scotland’s visual heritage for an impossible and presumptuous ambition?