Visitors to Trossachs forests urged to take care

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Forestry Commission Scotland’s Aberfoyle based team is urging visitors and local residents to take extra care when visiting local woodlands after recent storms caused some wind blow damage. 

With trees down and blocking trails, roads and access routes, the big clear up has had to be prioritized. Access for residents and utilities has been completed and attention has now turned to recreation trails.

Liz Walker, for the Commission’s Aberfoyle based team, said:

“The two most affected sites in terms of people are Callander Crags and Ben Ledi but we are hoping to open up the lower path of the Callander Crags - and a diverted access route to Ben Ledi - in time for the festive season.

“We strongly advise visitors to keep to open paths and to obey any instruction signage that they find. It’s easy to find a fallen tree and think that you can clamber over it but many windblown trees that have been caught on trees that are still standing could come down with the slightest disturbance."

Over the next few weeks the Aberfoyle based team will assess the damage on several sites before drawing up plans for to clearing up the windblow and opening up access.

The main affected sites are:

Callander Crags
Ben Ledi hill path
3 Lochs Forest Drive
Beinn an t-Sidhein
High Corrie

It is hoped that the clear up work will be completed within 6 months. Clear up work in less sensitive areas will be incorporated into Forest Design Plan amendments over the next 18 months

Regular updates on cleared paths and routes that have been made safe will be issued as work progresses.

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