Midlothian forestry jobs in jeopardy

Thirty specialist jobs at a Forestry Commission site in Midlothian are under threat.

Last week it was revealed that an estimated 450 jobs could be lost at the agency across the United Kingdom.

The commission’s Northern Research Station, based near Roslin for more than 40 years, could also be hit as the government looks to cut between 50 and 70 research jobs across the country.

Forestry Commission Trade Unions secretary Allan MacKenzie told the Advertiser: “The spending review has been put in place by the government in Westminster where it wants to cut budgets by 25 per cent.

“That will mean 50 to 70 (research) job losses and sources inside research tell me that is likely to be 30 jobs lost at Roslin.”

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