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Forestry Commission Scotland’s Lodge Forest Visitor Centre at Aberfoyle has got off to a flying start – and won a resounding thumbs up from everyone who has walked through the doors.
The centre opened its doors to the public this week (Monday 19 August) after a 10 month re-fit.
Susan Nash, who has been involved in overseeing the project for the Commission’s team in Aberfoyle said:
“The transformation is totally amazing and the reaction we’ve had from visitors is fantastic! I think everyone is stunned when they come in the door and see how open, airy, bright and welcoming the Lodge is.
“We wanted to make the Lodge a state of the art, top notch visitor centre…one that can meet the expectations of the modern, well-travelled tourist and serve as a fantastic resource for the local community.
“We reckon we’ve achieved that and more. Robertson Construction has done a magnificent job in pulling this all together and the end result is stunning - the new-look Lodge is a fantastic addition to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and a real asset for the area.
“We’d like to thank the local community and all of our regular visitors for their support throughout this project. It’s a fantastic resource and we hope that local residents will be as proud of the new-look Lodge as we are!”
In addition to the centre upgrade and grounds works, trails have been improved, play features installed around the site and wildlife viewing facilities revamped.
Martin Smith, Regional Managing Director from Robertson, said:
“The Lodge has been attracting visitors for more than half a century and Robertson is proud to have managed the refurbishment of this much loved tourist attraction.
“We have made significant alterations to the building with improved access, new facilities and improved wildlife viewing all part of the refurbishment.
“We have also actively worked with Aberfoyle Primary School. Our staff worked with pupils to teach children about the construction process while classes were also invited along to a special site visit, making them among the first to see the new look centre.”
During the opening week there will also be 50 goody bags handed out – with some of them containing a fantastic prize-winning ‘golden ticket’ – and there are chances to win a fantastic 3-night weekend break in a luxury Forest Holidays cabin. To enter the competition tune in to Forth One, Clyde 1 or Tay FM from early August - or visit www.visitscotland.com
Notes to Editors
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3. In addition to a complete overhaul of the behind the scenes mechanics, the building has been opened up to make it more light and airy, with a bigger kitchen and new café that offers a spectacular floor-to-ceiling view out over the forest. An external toilet block has also been built and the courtyard repaved. All of the new masonry retaining walls around the Lodge have been faced with stone that was recovered during the internal demolition works.
4. 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