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Forestry Commission Scotland is calling for help in bringing to book vandals who are damaging a 4000 year-old burial cairn.
Gallows hill - a Scheduled ancient monument – is in Dunnottar woods and has suffered immense damage from people building unauthorised bike jumps and trails – and from fire lighting.
A spokesperson for Forestry Commission Scotland said;
“We have repeatedly advised mountain bikers that it is not acceptable that they go ahead and build unauthorised trails and jumps. It causes damage to woodland and to fragile ancient monuments which are of great interest to those who enjoy them responsibly. The trails and jumps are poorly built and unsafe to the point of being hazardous and are also a danger to other forest users.
“In order to keep people safe we have to dismantle these things, which eats up time and resources that we could put to much better use elsewhere.
“A significant number of features have been constructed on Gallows hill within the woodland, a site which is very fragile and which has been exposed to immense damage. It’s vandalism, pure and simple and if anyone has any information about who is responsible, we would urge them to call the police or our local office.”
Forestry Commission Scotland welcomes mountain bike riders using the forest trails on the national forest estate, but restricts the unauthorised construction of technical trail features, such as ramps and jumps.
Official Mountain bike trails are carefully designed and maintained. They are inspected regularly to ensure that they are safe for the purpose they are designed for.
There are dedicated mountain bike trails in forests such as Pitfichie and Moray Monster trails and a fun park at Kirkhill.
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
4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Officer, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590