All abilities trail opened in Sutherland’s Grove

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30 MAY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15956

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Pupils from Strath of Appin Primary School joined with Forestry Commission Scotland today (30 May) to open a new all-abilities trail in Sutherland’s Grove, near Oban.

The 15 minute circular trail runs through majestic 30 metre Douglas Firs and has plenty of stops for picnics and wildlife watching.

The trail has a flat even surface so is ideal for all-abilities and of all ages.

Local contractors R McColl built the trail for Forestry Commission Scotland.

Jo Maclean, Communities, Recreation and Tourism Ranger for Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“Sutherland’s Grove is steeped in history and is a fantastic place to go and enjoy the outdoors.

“There’s plenty of walking and cycling routes already in the woodland but we’re really pleased with the new all-abilities trail. It  will encourage a wider range of people to visit this wonderful woodland.”

The new flat gravel surfaced trail will provide improved access and get people closer to the Grove’s attractive mixed woodland and riverside. 

The Douglas Fir at Sutherland’s Grove were planted in 1870, with the largest now standing over 30m high.

Further firs were subsequently planted in 1921 to commemorate the Forestry Commission’s Commissioner, Lord Sutherland, who was also President of the Society of Foresters. 

Lord Sutherland was a partner in an Oban-based firm of solicitors which are still in practice today (Hossack & Sutherland) but was also greatly involved in forestry, both helping to organise timber supplies in France for British Forces (1917) and setting up the Forestry Commission in 1919.   

Sutherland's Grove offers a range of woodland walks at all levels through a diverse landscape of huge fir trees, winding gorges, waterfalls, ancient oakwood and working forest.

Cycle routes take you further into the forest with fantastic views of the Firth of Lorne.

For more information on our other trails please contact Jo MacLean Community, Recreation and Tourism Ranger West Argyll Forest District on 01546 602 518 -  email - website

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