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Forestry Commission Scotland is advising Perth residents that forest thinning operations at Kinnoull Hill will start at the beginning of June 2013.
The proposed works could take up to three months to complete and will mean that access to some parts of the woodland on the hill will be restricted, or subject to diversions.
Robin Lofthouse, the Commission’s forester in the area, said;
“Thinning woodland is vital. Creating more space improves the health and quality of the remaining trees and the timber they produce but also, by letting light reach the woodland floor, it stimulates the growth of ground flora and a new generation of trees.
“We’ll also be felling some less desirable species to improve the appearance of the woodland in key areas, notably around the Kinnoull Shed.
“Members of the public are still welcome to visit the hill but we urge everyone to be mindful of any warning notices on the site. We will be using heavy machinery to remove the cut timber to road side. It’s noisy work that requires the operators full attention so people should stay well away – and dogs kept under close control.
“Some paths will be closed or diverted to ensure the safety of the visiting public but we intend to keep some routes open to allow the public to access between key areas such as Kinnoull Tower to Jubilee car park and the Quarry car Park.
“The ‘open routes’ may change from week to week so visitors should take heed of any safety signage or diversions they come across.”
Many of the small informal paths will also be closed as part of this operation either because machinery needs to cross them or because they will become blocked with cut timber and branch wood.
Damage to these paths is unavoidable, although the Commission will make every effort to minimise this wherever possible. Formal paths damaged during the operation will be repaired once the felling is complete.
Timber stacking will take place on hard standing at the rear of the Kinnoull Shed and this area will be closed to the public throughout the operation. Timber stacks are dangerous and members of the public should not climb on them.
The Kinnoull shed, disabled car park and picnic area will be available as normal except for a short time when felling works are located in the adjacent woodlands.
For further information contact Tay Forest District on 01350 727284 or email@example.com
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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