14m trees have been cut down in Scotland to make way for wind farms

Feb 29, 2020 by

NEARLY 14 million trees have been chopped down across Scotland to make way for wind turbines.

The Scottish Government expects to be generate 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources this year – but concerns have been raised about finding a balance between green energy and sustaining forests.

Now statistics, released by Forestry and Land Scotland, show that 13.9 million trees have been axed to make way for 21 wind farm projects since 2000.

Six of the wind farms have been built in Argyle and Bute and three apiece in both Dumfries and Galloway and East Ayrshire.

The Highlands has seen three wind farms built in place of trees, as has Moray – while South Lanarkshire has had two wind farms constructed in place of forestry over the last 20 years.

South Ayrshire’s Arecleoch wind farm has also been built at the expense of trees.

The Scottish Government has moved to reassure that more trees have been planted, but it is unknown what proportion of these are mature plants that play a bigger role in turning carbon into oxygen.

A Scottish conservation charity, which has planted almost two million trees across the Highlands, believes that both wind farms and trees are key to reducing carbon levels.

Source: 14m trees have been cut down in Scotland to make way for wind farms | HeraldScotland

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