Drop-in day for Heathhall woodland's future

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Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting local residents to have their say on the future of Heathhall Woodland on the edge of Dumfries. 

To get the view of local people on the future management of the popular woodland, the Commission is organising a drop-in day on Thursday 6th Ocotber so that the public can give their feedback and find out more. 

Alan Gale, Planning Forester with the Commission explained:

"Our national forests are carefully managed to maximise their potential to society, the economy and the environment. 

"We are currently reviewing our Forest Design Plan for Heathhall and wish to get  input into the woodland's future from local people. It would be great to hear views from the range of recreational users, neighbours and other groups or individuals who use the woodland.”

Heathhall Woodland is situated on the north side of Dumfries, close to the residential area of Heathhall.  The woodland was planted in the 1950s for commercial timber purposes, but as forestry policy has changed over the years, social and environmental benefits of the wood have clearly overtaken timber.  Large numbers of people of all ages, abilities, interests and backgrounds benefit from the open access.

Lesley Smith, Communities Officer with the Commission added:

"Following a previous consultation in 2006, we have worked with partners to deliver as many of the suggestions as possible.  These have included a new path through the woods, a family cycle loop and thinning of the trees to let in more light. 

"However, it is important that we keep up to date with the views of the local community, and so we are inviting people to come along to a drop-in event for a chat with the Commission's local team."

The drop-in will take place at Heathhall Primary School on Thursday 6th October, between 3pm and 7pm.  For further details, contact the local Forestry Commission Scotland office on 01387 860247.

Notes to news editors

1. Forestry Commission Scotland works as the Scottish Government's forestry directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

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

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