Old stage to be removed at Achnabreac

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4 JULY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15982

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Forestry Commission Scotland is to remove the old wooden stage at Achnabreac forest which was once used for live art performances.

The stage was erected back in 2007 as part of the NVA Half Life arts programme but has started to rot and is now considered a potential safety hazard to the public.

Helen Watt, Forestry Commission Scotland’s recreation manager in West Argyll said:

“There were some fantastic performances on the stage six years ago when it was all opened but since then it has not really been used.

“As part of our on-going inspections we found that the stage was starting to rot and is therefore a potential safety hazard to visitors.

“The stage was great at the time and served its purpose very well but now we need to remove it.”

The stage is currently cordoned off from the public and Forestry Commission Scotland intends to remove the wooden stage in the next four weeks.

The wooden seating area next to the stage is structurally sound so will remain.

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 www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests. For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland

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 Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.



e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk