Queen’s View open for Easter

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25 MARCH 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15934

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Anyone looking to build up an appetite for some chocolate eggs – or maybe walk them off – can head for the Queen’s View, where the re-designed car park has re-opened.
Forestry Commission Scotland has advised that while the view point and car park are accessible, the Visitor Centre will not re-open until the following week.

Hamish Murray, for the Commission’s Tay District team said:

“We’ve been quite lucky with the weather so there haven’t been any real delays to this part of the project and the new look, new layout car parks are ready and will be open for business in time for the Easter weekend.

“Robertson’s Construction, who has been managing the ground works for us , have done a great job, getting the ground works finished on time and without incident.

“However, weather wise, other parts of the country haven’t been so lucky and the electricity engineers have been quite rightly focusing on helping them to get power back in their homes. If all goes well with that, the engineers can get back to their routine work and we hopefully will get power back to the Visitor Centre within a week or so.

“Visitors are still welcome to come and stretch their legs and get some exercise over the Easter weekend.”

The centre has been closed since January to allow Forestry Commission Scotland to complete phase I of a £1M upgrade programme.

The refurbishment project is one of several ‘shovel ready’ projects to benefit from the £105M boost announced by Finance Secretary, John Swinney in June 2012.

The Commission’s Tay team is looking forward to a good spring and summer season, but is already thinking ahead to the phase II works, which will begin in October. This will involve the remodelling of the buildings, particularly the retail and catering spaces, in time for the visitor season in 2014.

Hamish added:

“To make sure we get off to a flying start in 2014, we want to make sure that we get everything absolutely right. To help us do that, we’re asking individuals and businesses to let us know if they are interested in running the catering and retail facilities – together or separately - in the new centre.

“Expressions of interest will need to be with us by mid April so that we can find the right partners in plenty of time for them to be able to offer some input into the final layout and design of the floor plans.”

Details of the catering and retail opportunities – and how to apply - will be advertised in trade press, local media and on the Commission’s website www.forestry.gov.uk

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

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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

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk