Comment posted Russell favours forestry route for the A83 Glen Croe emergency diversion by Derek Pretswell.
Robert you are right in the respect of its glacial origin however, on slopes of similar gradient, soil depth and annual rainfall in western Norway they have forested slopes. Trees will grow there and will control the water table. It would have been forested in previous times.
It is vital though that appropriate species are used and, as you point out, that a long term view is taken, particularly with respect to their species composition. We should also see the importance of access and management by local communities. empower them to manage and maitain it.
I think there is an opportunity build something holistic and rural here rather than an urban solution to an environmental problem. I’m sure For Argyll will furnish you with my e-mail address and I can e-mail you a photo from Norway of what I’m talking about.
Derek Pretswell also commented
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Please can we start with recognising this is a deforested zone. Can we further realise that the appropriate type of trees would hold the landscape inplace – it does in other areas of northern Europe with equal gradient and rainfall.
If we use species with light canopies and suckering root systems then we can alleviate the condition. Aspen, Alder and willows are suitable and if we were not sensetive about non-native species then Grey Alder would be ideal. If the government were to make funds available for compulsory purchase then the area could be turned over to the local community (nearest) to manage and perhaps get biofuel from coppicing the willows. But please do not think that massive invasive road works are our only solution.
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