16 JANUARY 2015NEWS RELEASE No: 16457
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Forestry Commission Scotland is advising all visitors to Tyrebagger forest that they should observe all safety signage in the forests.
The call comes after several members of the public have been found in areas zoned off for tree felling operations, putting themselves and the machine operators at risk.
Emily Holmes for the Commission’s team in the Moray & Aberdeenshire said:
“We started felling operations on 5 January and, with visitor safety being paramount, we closed off areas of the forest to keep people out and allow the machines to work safely.
“There will be some heavy machinery involved and the guy’s working the machinery will be concentrating on the job - they won’t be able to see or hear people – or dogs! - that wander into the working area.
“Also, a lot of these machines are much quieter than they used to be, so people might hear one and think it’s much further away than it actually is and wander in to a felling zone! It’s quite scary how little warning you get when a tree is coming down!
“It might cause a little inconvenience to follow a diversion or alternative route but it is really important that everyone observes the instructions on any signage that we put up. It could quite literally be a matter of life and death.”
Visitors can also enjoy a trip to nearby Countesswells or Kirkhill Forests instead.
Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590