Luss Estates’ woodland covers approximately 1,350 Ha (3,335 acres), this encompasses both commercial forestry and native woodland.
Commercial forestry covers approximately 190 Ha (470 acres), principally Sitka Spruce. Much of the commercial forestry is leased on longstanding agreements with investment companies and is certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Luss Estates is in the process of expanding the acreage dedicated to forestry, with approval from the Forestry Commission Scotland for a 200 Ha site in Glen Douglas.
Stunning native Scottish woodland covers around 650 Ha (1,606 acres). Luss Estates has a wonderful and important portfolio of oak woodlands, many of which are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Scottish Natural Heritage and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) under the EU Habitats Directive. As part of our commitment to responsible stewardship of the environment, Luss Estates is investing in an active management strategy of the native broadleaf woodland. Through a program of improvements and renewals, to fencing in particular, we are excluding browsing animals in order to encourage new growth regeneration and under-storey development. In turn, this will improve the natural habitat for native flora and fauna. Alongside supporting biodiversity, one of the long-term goals of this active management is to provide all firewood for the environmentally friendly biomass boiler, which supplies the heating and hot water for the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel.
In addition, wood burning stoves have been installed in many of our residential properties in order to enhance energy performance certificate (EPC) ratings, improve living conditions for our tenants, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.