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Jamie McIntyre. Tree planting – yes, it was …

Comment posted A83 closed due to another landslide – now reopened by S.White.

Jamie McIntyre. Tree planting – yes, it was mentioned some time ago but quickly brushed aside in favour of civil engineering options.

There is a drawback to the tree planting solution, time. It takes time for trees, specifically their root systems, to become sufficiently established to bind the soil. In the meantime, the expansion of our ferry services as previously mentioned could provide alternative transport links rather more realistic than the forestry road or the old military road. And who knows, maybe we will come to see the inconvenient stretches of water which separate us as potential highways rather than as barriers. Our forebears did.

There are advantages of reforestation, on the other hand. Trees improve with age, they grow and multiply, providing a long term solution, whereas any man made structure will inevitably deteriorate. And trees could be planted throughout the length of the valley to protect the entire road. Building galleries over that distance would be enormously expensive in comparison and there is no reason that I can see to assume that future landslides would obligingly confine themselves to the spot where a gallery is located.

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