Tree felling at Heathhall woodland

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Tree felling is to commence at one of Dumfries’ popular recreation hotspots on Monday 3rd November.  

The thinning work will last for around 5 weeks, during which time there will be some disruption to paths within the forest. 

Forestry Commission Scotland is urging users to follow instructions on all path closure notices and use any diversions put in place.

Lesley Smith, for Forestry Commission Scotland, said;

“We have just constructed a new road through Heathhall, which really opens up access to the woodland.  It’s already proving popular with local walkers and cyclists, but to keep everybody safe we may have to temporarily close sections of this road and some of our other paths.

“We’ll do our best to minimise the number of paths that need to be closed, and I’d like to ask everyone to be patient whilst we do this work.”

The planned work to fell timber will open up the woodland allowing in more light, making the forest a better environment for birds, bats and other wildlife as well as creating a more welcoming place for people to enjoy.

For more detail about the felling work, or to report any concerns during the harvesting period, call the local Forestry Commission Scotland office on 01387 860247. 

Notes to News editors

1.      Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate.

2.      For news, events and recreation information log on to: or

3.      The FCS agobair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridhcoilltearachdRiaghaltasna h-Alba agus a’ riaghladhnan 660,000 heactaireanann an OighreachdnaCoilleNàiseanta, a’ dìonadh, a’ cumailsmachd air agus a’ leudachadhnancoillteangusbuannachdan a thoirtdhacoimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidhagus, agobair an aghaidhatharrachadhgnàth-shìde.

4.      Media enquiries to Ian Cowe, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 5308.