Popular West Argyll forests reopened

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12 JULY 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15542

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West Argyll residents and visitors to the area have received a welcome boost this week following the announcement that popular forests trails will reopen to the public.

Forestry Commission Scotland sites at Achnabreac, Port Ann and Ardcastle were badly affected during the severe storms that hit Scotland in January.  Extensive windblow made paths unsafe and as a result were temporarily closed to the public for health and safety reasons. 

After an initial clear up operation, the majority of trails and facilities at these sites will now be reopened to the public from Saturday 14 July.  Some walking routes however will still have some diversions in place.

Local forest district manager, David Jardine, thanked local residents for their patience and understanding while the windblow was being cleared.  He said:

“The storms in January created widespread damage across a number of forest sites in West Argyll.  Windblow has many obvious as well as hidden dangers.  Public safety is paramount which led to the closure of several of the affected areas until our team had managed to secure the sites. 

"I thank all members of the public for their patience and trust they will return to use the woods for recreational pursuits over the coming weeks.  We expect to complete the tidy up after the school holidays, so would be grateful if everybody could keep to the identified paths in the meantime.”

For further information about Forestry Commission Scotland sites in West Argyll, walks and other recreations opportunities visit www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

Notes to news editors

1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

2. For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests. For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland.

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