The land was purchased in 1954 by the Forestry Commission, when planting began as an experiment into silviculture on poor soils. This was driven by a need to replenish future timber crops after depletion for the second world war effort. The initial intention was to create a much larger forest right around the bay to Castletown, but this never came to fruition. The forest owners, Scottish Natural Heritage, acquired the land from the Forestry Commission in 1984.  A range of tree species was planted, but the forest is now dominated by sitka spruce and pines including lodgepole, corsican and mountain, with a few broadleaf species, such as sycamore.

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