12 OCTOBER 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15692
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Forestry Commission Scotland has had to close off the bridge leading into their popular Glengarry woodland until next Tuesday (16th Oct) due to essential repair work.
On Thursday evening, a small side section of the embankment beside the bridge collapsed into the river and now civil engineering specialists are carrying out work to fix it.
Kevin Peace, Forestry Commission Scotland’s District Manager in Lochaber said:
“In these circumstances we always put public safety before anything else, so whilst the work is being carried out we need to close off the bridge for now.
“The bridge is structurally sound though and this small section should be fixed within a few days.
“Unfortunately we will need to close off the car park and forest walks to the public whilst we repair the bridge and at times the road will be blocked by the machines working. We’ll work as fast as we can to get things back open as normal.”
Glengarry is a popular woodland for visitors and it is regularly used by canoeists and white water rafters. Both these groups have been informed of the temporary closure.
The Glengarry woodland is found just off the A87 near Invergarry.
Notes to news editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests. For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland.
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.
4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6508.