Gun fort gives sights from the past

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23 AUGUST 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 16038

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Dumfries Air Cadets have teamed up with Forestry Commission Scotland to preserve a World War 2 feature in Heathhall Forest.

An old pill box – a concrete gun fort – has now been brought back into good condition. It was part of the old boundary defences that protected RAF Dumfries air field during the war.

The work has drawn interest from visitors to the popular forest, which is close to the town centre. 

An interpretation panel is planned to be installed next to the revitalised gun fort to provide more information about its past use.

Robin Fuller, Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“We work hard to preserve and protect archaeology and older remnants found on the national forest estate. These features are important and can often give visitors a valuable insight into the history of an area.

“The Cadets worked very hard to bring this pill box back into good condition. The end result was very much worth it and it’s now another feature which makes Heathhall a great place to visit.”

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

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3.    The FCS agobair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridhcoilltearachdRiaghaltasna h-Alba agus a’ riaghladhnan 660,000 heactaireanann an OighreachdnaCoilleNàiseanta, a’ dìonadh, a’ cumailsmachd air agus a’ leudachadhnancoillteangusbuannachdan a thoirtdhacoimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidhagus, agobair an aghaidhatharrachadhgnàth-shìde.

4.    Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.