MEMBERS of the public are being urged to have their say in a public consultation which aims to ensure the long-term protection of Culloden Moor.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) says the site of the 1746 battle has now become the scene of a modern conflict with developers pushing forward plans that encroach on the area.

The Trust said: “Current legal safeguards do not protect the area, and the fear is that unsympathetic development with plans for housing and businesses will ruin the historic landscape forever.

“With a view of mobilising the support and ideas of the people who love Culloden to help shape its future, the trust is inviting the public to get involved in a consultation that will create a vision for the landscape that acknowledges Scotland’s past, present and future – one that takes account of the place’s importance to Scotland and beyond, as well as the needs of the local and wider community and economy.

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre operations manager, said: “Culloden is a place that many people are passionate about for its important place in Scotland’s story. We want to hear people’s views on their hopes for Culloden’s future and how this site should be protected and presented for future generations. There are pressures for land in this area we want to achieve a planned and positive approach that protects Culloden and what it represents.”

The consultation will run until August 31, with an exhibition at Leanach Cottage on the battlefield site. Comments can also be submitted to