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Forestry Commission Scotland is closing sections of one of the most popular trails on Bennachie – to carry out a £20,000 rebuild.
The four week operation, which started earlier this week and will continue through to the middle of November, will renovate a section of the Mither Tap quarry trail, which has been badly eroded by increasingly frequent torrential rains and the sheer number of visitors to the Bennachie’s Oxen Craig summit.
Emily Holmes, the Commission’s Recreation ranger for the area said:
“Bennachie is an iconic forest in Aberdeenshire, loved by many for it wildlife, history and extensive network of paths which provide fantastic recreation opportunities.
“Unfortunately, the quarry trail is one of the most popular and has been a victim of its own success, particularly the section between Little Oxen Craig and Oxen Craig.
“To make good the trail, we’re going to have to use heavy machinery so for public safety, parts of the trail will be closed for the duration of the project and we strongly advise visitors to follow any on site safety signage and diversions.”
“We know people will be itching to see the new improved path and enjoy a much easier walk to the top of the hill but we’d ask them to continue to use the alternative signed route to Oxen Craig for a couple of weeks after we have finished the build to allow the path to settle and firm.”
“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and hope that visitors will appreciate why the trail is closed.”
Although the work will cause some disruption, the improvement of the trail is essential both for the safety of walkers on the hill and the long-term viability of the route.
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. The path works will be carried out by CR Contracting.
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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
5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590