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Members of the public are invited to come along to David Marshal Lodge (DML) Visitor Centre to look over a display (6 -12 August) celebrating the Lodge’s history and legacy – and see how a much-needed refurbishment will take the lodge into the 21st century.
Set in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, DML is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, which is also overseeing the re-development work which will take place over the winter. Although the Lodge will be closed to visitors, facilities including a cafe, toilets, wildlife viewing and FCS info will be housed in temporary accommodation.
The final day of the display will see members of staff on hand to chat over the plans, proposals and aims of the refit.
Susan Nash, who is managing the project for the Commission, said:
“It’s a two-fold display, really. We’ll have some old photos and historic information – and a film - that will celebrate DML’s history and we’ll also have a whole load of plans, drawings and artist’s impressions on hand to illustrate how the overhaul will bring the Lodge bang up to date and fit for another very active 50 years.
“Come along and find out what’s going to be happening over the winter closure and see how, with a new lease of life, the Lodge will be an even better resource for the local community, visitors and tourists.”
The programme of work aims to rejuvenate the building, making it more welcoming and inviting as well as more in tune with its surroundings.
It also aims to make the Lodge more in tune with its founding ethos, which aspired to provide day trippers with a sheltered picnic spot, “relaxation and a carefree atmosphere” and provide children with a place to roam that might inspire them to “respect and look after things of natural beauty" (2).
“The path improvements already completed – and the works that will be carried out over the winter – will make the Lodge accessible to even more people, and will help it to regain its place on the ‘must see’ tourism map.
“We’re very excited about it. It’s going to be a fantastic resource and one that will help to endear DML, Aberfoyle and the Forest Park to new generations.”
You can also keep up to date with progress by following us on twitter @dmlaberfoyle and our web pages at www.forestry.gov.uk/thelodge
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. Remarks taken from the opening address delivered by Mr O.A. Cunningham, OBE, Chairman of the Carnegie Trust, who was in charge of proceedings a the Lodge’s opening in 1960.
3. For news, events and recreation information from Forestry Commission Scotland follow us at www.twitter.com/fcscotland and at www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests .
4. 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
5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507