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With refurbishment work now well underway at David Marshall Lodge, the temporary Mini-Lodge has opened for business – and got off to a flying start!
The mini lodge, which is sited half-way along the main access road to DML, includes an information area for trail and wildlife info, toilet facilities and a temporary cafe area that can seat around 30 people.
Mairi Buchanan, for the Commission’s team in Aberfoyle, said:
“It’s been a busy few weeks, what with emptying out the main Lodge ready for work to start and also getting the mini-lodge up and running.
“We've had a lot of positive feedback from customers who come into the mini-lodge and it’s been doing really well. I think people have been surprised at how comfortable and welcoming it is – and been glad of a hot cuppa and a light lunch.
“A lot of visitors are telling us that they’re happy to see DML being renovated and are glad we have provided facilities for them to use in the meantime.”
The Mini-lodge and café will be open seven days from 10am – 4pm up to and including Sunday 23rd December. After the Christmas holidays they will re-open on Sat 5th Jan and will operate seven days a week from 10am - 3pm.
Robertson Construction has already put in place a temporary access route for heavy plant and machinery and work has also begun on removing the old wooden ramp that used to lie between DML and the biomass boiler house.
Temporary orientation signage, and trail info is also in place and all the trails and walks and outdoor facilities will be available throughout the winter when work is taking place.
For more information about the works – ands to get an idea of what the made-over Lodge will look like, visit: www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-8MYJA9
Notes to Editors
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4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507.