There is a long way to go before this becomes reality - but now is the time to become alarmed!
Friends of the Ochils are 'on the case'.
The proposals can be see in outline on the Menstrie Community Council Website.
As is often the case, the planting will not directly overlie the specific, known archaeological sites in the area. But it will, most certainly, make it impossible to appreciate the relationships of the different sites; that is, they will destroy the landscapes rather than the sites.
Further, the planting will extend to and over the skyline. It will radically change the experience of the glen and will impinge on the middle and lower reaches of Glen Tye, across the watershed near the Sheriffmuir along the Auld Wharry Burn. These are areas already threatened by the promimity of the impending Beauly-Denny Powerline.
Thanks to research published on Menstrie Glen in 2001 by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, this area is one of the best-understood upland landscapes in Scotland. It is close to major poulation centres but is relatively accessible and is enjoyed by many thousands every year, not least all those who gain the summit of Dumyat, our favorite local summit.
Including a fringe of native species will do little to diminish the impact of this new intrusion of industry into the hills.
I will post more on this story as information emerges.