28 DECEMBER 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 16140
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Many trees are down on Forestry Commission Scotland’s trails in Galloway due to the recent strong winds.
Visitors to the forests are reminded to take heed of any trail diversions and to avoid walking over or under trees that have been affected by the storms.
The key visitor centres are still open for business but the Commission expects that it may take a few weeks to get all the trails fully open again.
Keith Muir, Forestry Commission Scotland’s Tourism Manager in Galloway said:
“The recent strong winds have had an impact on our key walking and cycling trails, as well as some forest roads.
“Our main priority was to get the road network back open and we’ve had teams working to achieve this over the past two days.
“Our next job is to get our popular woodland walks and mountain bike routes back to normal within Galloway Forest Park. We’ll do this as fast as possible, however, some routes that are further out into the forest may take longer to clear.
“If visitors are out on the woodlands and find trees that are looking unstable then we’d like to hear from them. Nip into the visitor centres and please inform the staff who will pass on the message.
“We’d like to thank everyone for their patience whilst we get things back to normal again. It may take a little while to properly assess the impact of the winds to the wider recreation network in Galloway Forest Park.”
Members of the public can also report fallen trees on access roads on the local Forestry Commission Scotland emergency line which is 07771 813 124.
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
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4. 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
5. Media enquiries to Keith Muir, Forestry Commission Scotland’s tourism manager in Galloway 07979824941 or Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 07771 730 509.