Temporary closure of Doach Woodland

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Essential forestry operations in Doach Woodland will result in a temporary closure to public access between 20th November and early Spring next year.

Work in the woodland includes the major upgrading of the existing forest roads to enable long term sustainable management.
The work is likely to take around two to three months and for public safety reasons the woodland will need to be closed during this period. 

Once the work has been completed, there will be benefits to the woodland including improved access and better car parking. The future thinning operation will also make Doach a more diverse and open woodland for people and wildlife. 

 Alan Gale, Planning Forester with Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“We have plans to extract timber from Doach Woodland in the future. In order to do this, we need to prepare well in advance.

"Upgrading of the woodland’s existing forest roads is required so that timber wagons can safely transport the timber out.  To carry out the changes to the road network we will need to undertake some preliminary tree felling works.

“Doach is quite unusual in that it’s a small woodland with only one entrance and exit at the woodland’s car park. With all this heavy plant and machinery work on-going and the car park being used to store timber, we have to close the woodland temporarily to the public for safety reasons.

“We do understand this may be frustrating for some and we would like to thank local visitors for their patience during these essential works.”

Forestry Commission Scotland is suggesting that local people can still enjoy walking routes in Dalbeattie Forest, Markhill and Barrhill Wood near Kirkcudbright whilst the forestry operations are continuing.

Dumfries and Galloway Council and the community councils in the area have all been informed of the works. 

For more information on the forestry operations and temporary closures, contact Lesley Smith on 01387 243006
or email dumfries&borders@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Notes to editors

1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate


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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 Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.



e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk