10 JANUARY 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16144
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Forestry Commission Scotland’s team in the north east is advising visitors to Bennachie forest to take care when venturing into the woods as work starts to clear wind blown trees.
Emily Holmes, the Recreation and Communities Ranger with the Moray & Aberdeenshire team said:
“The strong winds that we experienced throughout December caused quite a lot of damage in the forests of Bennachie, and a number of the trails have been affected by wind blown trees.
“Work starts on Monday 13th January to clear up the damage. The wind blown trees are wide spread across the forest so work will see harvesting machinery working throughout the site, including around the Gordon way and close to the Bennachie centre, and is like to take up to a month to complete.”
The machines will steadily work through the forest in sections to try to ensure that the trails can remain open where possible, but there will inevitably be some closures and diversions in place to enable the machines to work quickly and safely.
The car park at the Bennachie centre will need to close for a few days to ensure visitor safety.
Progress of the work will be updated on the Forestry Commission website and on the trail notice boards.
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