A82 felling work moves to Loch Lochy

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The team behind Forest Enterprise Scotland’s (FES) steep ground felling programme will return to Loch Lochy next week (Monday 26th Oct) to clear windblown trees.

It’s anticipated that the work will be completed by March 2016.

The site has been badly hit by storms over recent winters resulting in substantial damage to the hillside forest immediately above the A82 and  the loch.

Alex Macleod, who manages the A82 Project for Forest Enterprise Scotland, said;

“This particular site needs quite a bit of clearing up but with our resources focused on the A82 Glen Righ works, we’ve not been able to make a sustained effort at Loch Lochy to tackle the issue. 

“It’s a job that presents its own challenges because clearing trees that have been blown over is dangerous work. A lot of care has to be taken to ensure safety and that means taking our time.

“Now that we’ve finished at Glen Righ , we’ll move the felling team up to Loch Lochy  got the time we need so we’re going to put it to good use and get the remaining windblow cleared.

“We will try to minimise disruption as much as we can but traffic management will be in place, Monday to Friday, 7.30 – 17.30 throughout the operations and will include short periods of road closure in both directions of up to 10min to ensure public safety.

“We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this might cause and to once again thank road users and the local communities for their on-going understanding and support.”

The felling planned for Allt Sigh on Loch Ness-side will begin in 2016 once geotechnical teams have erected rock fall catch-fencing on the site. This is being installed on the advice of geotechnical engineers and will provide additional protection to the A82 when the tree felling work does start.

There is more information online about the A82 Steep Ground Felling works, and up to date information on traffic management measures will be available on the Traffic Scotland Web site as and when they are required.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.