Meet the Foresters

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4 JULY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15981

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Have you ever wondered what is involved in forest management?

Ahead of forest operations beginning next month at Countesswells and Foggieton woods, Forestry Commission Scotland is giving people the chance to find out at a drop in session next week (Friday 12 July).

Emily Holmes, for the Commission’s team in the north east, said;

“Countesswells and Foggieton Forests are fantastic places for a recreational visit, whether you enjoy walking, cycling or horse riding, but they’re also a lot more.

“These forests provide important habitats for a wide variety of wildlife, they’re a fantastic classroom setting for education and they’re also ‘working forests’ that produce valuable timber for local processors.

“Most people connect the Commission with woodlands and forests but sometimes that’s as far as their knowledge goes. We thought that with our forestry operations starting in August, it would be a good idea to invite people along to meet the team and find out more about what’s involved in managing these forests.”

Anyone interested in finding out more can come along to the Counteswells car park adjacent to the Loanhead Equestrian Centre on the 12th July, between 12noon and 6pm.

There will also be 2 guided walks (at 2pm and 4pm) on the day, during which the Commission’s team will explain what forest management is, how it’s done, why it’s done and what it achieves. All children must be accompanied by an adult and everyone taking part should dress for the weather and – if you’re going on the walk - wear sturdy shoes.

Refreshments will be available on the day.

Forestry operations will begin on Monday 19 August and an open evening at Counteswells (22 August, 6.00pm) will let visitors see forest machinery at work.

The forestry operations will begin on 19 August and continue for up to 5 weeks. The car park at Foggieton will be open throughout the works, that at Rotten O Gairn will be closed for the duration and the car park at Counteswells will be closed for the first ten days of the works.

Emily added:

“During the operations period we won’t be working at weekends so visitors will still be welcome but we would ask that everyone please observes the site safety signage.”

For more information contact the local team on 01466 794161 or at

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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.