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Clearing up after the stormy weather at Kielder Water and Forest Park

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The Forestry Commission team at Kielder Water & Forest Park have been working hard to clear up after the recent stormy weather in the area.

Several periods of high winds in December brought down a number of trees and branches in the forest. The ranger team on site were constantly monitoring the situation during the severe weather and undertook additional trail inspections of all walking and biking trails to ensure they were safe for the public to use following the storms.

Forest Centre manager Alex MacLennan said

“The Forestry Commission team at Kielder Water & Forest Park have walked over 100 miles across our trails to check for storm damage during December. Public safety in the forest is our priority at all times, and especially when the weather is severe enough to cause potential damage to trees.

"We have a well-rehearsed plan in place to both monitor conditions during stormy weather and to check the site and all trails following a storm. If there is any damage, this can lead to short term closures of some of our trails and other facilities but I’m pleased to say that all trails in Kielder Water & Forest Park are currently open.”

If your new year’s resolution was to get out and exercise more, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a great place to wrap up warm and visit, to get some fresh air and exercise during the winter.

As well as the biking and walking trails, there are some great events taking place over the next few weeks, including family astronomy and other star gazing events at the Kielder Observatory and a trail building day on 2 February. For full details, download the events brochure from

All visitors to the forests are asked to follow any safety notices in place on site, especially in times of severe weather. The visitor website and Facebook pages are kept up to date with any temporary closures that have to be made, so if this winter has any more stormy weather in store, the best advice is to check before you visit.

Please note that winter opening hours are in place – for full details visit


Notes to Editor

1. The Forestry Commission in England works to secure and grow the economic, social and natural capital value of the Public Forest Estate for the people of England. The North England Forest District looks after forests in Cumbria, the Lancashire, Northumbria, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.

2. Media Contact: Sarah Bruce, Marketing and Communications Manager, 07827 232832