Culloden woods improvement work

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Local residents who regularly visit Culloden Wood are being advised by Forestry Commission Scotland that tree felling will take place in the wood towards the end of next month.

The work - which is scheduled to begin on 20 October - will include upgrading part of the forest road network and building a turning place for timber to be stacked before being uplifted.

Brian Duff, for the Commission in Inverness, Ross & Skye District, said:

“We expect the first phase of the work - between the lower boundary up to the railway line – to take about two weeks to complete and we’ll clear the site as soon as possible after that.

“We’re only doing selective felling to thin the trees out a bit to let in more light and open up the area as well as creating the sorts of conditions that will help hardwood species to flourish.

“There will also be some cleaning and chipping of timber through the existing forest walk near the car park and to finish off this phase the road into the forest will be repaired, the forest road reinstated and the forest car park improved.”

The second part of the operation will be to thin some more of the forest above the railway line and to clear fell a few pockets of windblow. The felling of these small areas will help to diversify the forest and to help with public access to Westhill.

Brian added:

“At times we will have to close some of the forest completely, especially during the felling stage of the work but it will remain open at other times.

“Even though the paths and trails will be open, we will still be carrying out work so it’s important that everyone who visits the wood to obeys any safety and warning signage. 

“We won’t be working on Saturdays and Sundays so you’ll still be able to come along and enjoy some peace and quiet at the weekend – and timber lorries will only be working from 8am to 7pm during the working week.”

If you require anymore information about the planned works, call the Commission’s local office on 01463 791575.

1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 665,000 hectare national forest estate, protecting, managing and expanding Scotland’s forests and woodlands in a way which benefits communities, the economy and the fight against climate change.