New Countesswells path opens up woodland access – and woodland skills

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23 APRIL 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16250

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A £10K project to develop a new path as part of Countesswells Forest’s red trail has also helped two new recruits to the local Forestry Commission Scotland team to improve their skills base.

The four week project has resulted in a new path through the forest, connecting with the red trail that takes visitors through Countesswells’ lovely pine woodland and takes in the great views across lower Deeside.
As part of the project, new team members John Murray and Scott Morris, both of whom have come through the Commission’s own apprenticeship scheme, were trained in how to build quality woodland paths using mini excavators, dumpers and rollers.
John Murray Recreation Craftsman said;

"I’ve really enjoyed working with the mini digger. Its given me the chance to get stuck into a skilled area of work and I’m looking forward to using what I have learned to help improve lots more forest paths in the north east."

Dan Cadle Recreation Forester said;

"This sort of path work is a standard part of our role so its been great to have the opportunity to get John and Scott trained in this highly skilled area of work. They’ve both taken to it really well and now have the skills and flexibility to help us build and maintain high quality paths for our forest visitors.

“It’s a busy forest and during the work – and the training – a lot of people showed a lot of interest in what was being done. I think that they – and all our visitors – will really enjoy the improved access to the wood."

Countesswells Wood, between Kingswells and Cults and only 4 miles from Aberdeen City Centre, is a very busy woodland with 4 woodland trails with are great to go for a walk, run or cycle ride.

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