Foresters frustrated at criminals at Scolty

Criminal activity at Scolty Forest, near Banchory, could have a negative impact on the recreation facilities found at the popular visitor spot warns Forestry Commission Scotland.

For the second time in six months, the Pay and Display machine found at Scolty car park has been vandalised beyond repair.

The machine is providing vital income to help the Commission with the significant costs of providing a good recreational experience for visitors.

Without the income, forest rangers say they would be unable to keep up with  building and repair work on all the trails and paths, as well as providing information on the woodlands to the public. 

Dan Cadle of Forestry Commission Scotland said:

"This is incredibly frustrating for us as we rely on the income generated through this machine and local season tickets to pay for work we have planned here in the coming years.

 "One of the jobs we had planned was to carry out repair work to the Yellow Trail over the summer but  this may now not be possible. We had also planned to replace all of the picnic tables.

 "These acts of vandalism therefore affect everyone who uses the forests."

This latest act of vandalism has been reported to the Police who are looking for any information the public can provide.


If anyone has any information please contact the Police on 101.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.