Lord Ancrum’s Wood more accessible to visitors with new parking

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Forestry Commission Scotland has created a 16 space car park at Newbattle Abbey College to make Lord Ancrum’s Wood more accessible to visitors.

The new car park can be found on the left hand side after entering the college grounds from Newbattle Road.  Additionally, a new path has been created to easily connect visitors from the car park to the Grotto Bridge entrance of the wood. 

Forestry Commission Scotland forester, John Ogilvie comments: “Lord Ancrum’s Wood is a popular spot with more visitors using the site.  There are parking spaces outside the College but these are used by students and staff, making it difficult for visitors. 

“That’s why we sought planning permission from Midlothian Council and worked with Historic Scotland for approval to create additional parking. Due to the proximity of the trees, we used a special car park surface to avoid damage to tree roots.”

The Commission has a ten year management responsibility for Lord Ancrum’s Wood, which sits within the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College.  Over the past five years, the Commission has improved access for local people with the help of students from the Rural Skills Programme.

Ann Southwood, Principal of Newbattle Abbey College, comments: “The College welcomes Forestry Commission Scotland’s support for this new development.  The car park will significantly improve access to Lord Ancrum’s Wood and, already, it is proving popular with visitors and dog walkers to the estate.”

The construction cost for the car park has been funded from the Mary Emily Scott Legacy.  Managed by the Commission, the fund encourages the development of greenspace projects for the benefit of young people and residents of Midlothian and Edinburgh. 

Notes to Editors

1.   Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

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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. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland      

4.   Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0300 067 6508.

e-mail: steve.williams@forestry.gsi.gov.uk