6 AUGUST 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 16027
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Forestry Commission Scotland is advising all visitors to Countesswells and Foggieton forests that they should observe all signage in the forests when tree felling work begins on Monday 19th August.
Countesswells Forest will initially be closed for 10 days to allow the machines to work in the areas safely but some walks will still be off limits for a further three weeks. Anyone visiting the forests in that period is urged to observe the safety signage – and to stick to the diversions.
Emily Holmes for the Commission’s team in the Moray & Aberdeenshire said:
“It’s important that everyone observes the instructions on any signage that we put up.
“We’re basically going to do some thinning to improve the forest – but in forests that are as popular as these, visitor safety is paramount. It might cause a little inconvenience, and we apologise in advance for that - but I think most people will understand why we’re closing the paths.
“There will be some heavy machinery involved and the guy’s working the machinery will be concentrating on the job - they won’t be able to see or hear people – or dogs! - that wander into the working area. It’s also quite scary how little warning you get when a tree is coming down!
“People have been enjoying the amazing, wildlife-rich forests of Countesswells and Foggieton for many years and the work that we will be doing will help to ensure that the forest stays fit and healthy and a great place to visit for many years to come.”
If you would like to take part in a forest visit to see some of the machines at work and learn a bit more about forestry, you can join Forestry Commission Scotland staff on 22nd August at 6pm for a forest tour.
The tour will involve walking around the forest, so please ensure you wear suitable clothing and footwear.
It is a free event but places are limited so call the local office on 01466 794161 or email moray&Aberdeenshire@forestry.gsi.gov.uk to book your place.
Notes to Editors
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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