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BIRSE PARISH
Birse is a civil parish that covers 125 sq.kms (50 sq. miles) on the south side of the River Dee in Aberdeenshire. The parish has four main parts that form the basis of BCT’s logo: the three scattered rural settlements of Finzean, Birse and Ballogie and the largely uninhabited Forest of Birse covering over a quarter of the parish.

The parish’s c.300 households and c.750 population are divided almost equally between Finzean and the two smaller communities of Birse and Ballogie. Each half of the parish is represented by its own Community Council, while each of the three communities also has its own Community Association. BCT and these five other community bodies meet together as the Birse Parish Liaison Group (click here for recent minutes).

The locations of the 12 sites in the parish that BCT manages on behalf of the community are shown on the map and listed below with the legal basis of BCT’s involvement with each:

1. Forest of Birse Community
ancient rights (>3750 ha.)
7. Corsedardar
long term lease (< 1 ha.)

2. The Bucket Mill
ownership (c. 1 ha.)

8. Slewdrum Forest
ownership (168 ha.)

3. Finzean Sawmill
ownership (c. 1 ha.)

9. Ballogie Soutar's Shop
ownership (building only)

4. Finzean Community Woods
long term lease (15 ha.)

10. Birse Kirk
ownership (<1 ha.)

5. Finzean School Wood
long term lease (<1 ha.)

11. Birse Community Hall
ownership (<1 ha.)

6. Finzean Old School
ownership (<1 ha.)


12. Balfour Forest
ownership (241 ha.)

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