Vandalism could have long-term impact on visitor experience

Forest Enterprise Scotland staff are appealing to witnesses to provide the police with information about recent vandalism at Back of Bennachie.

Their call comes as they look at having to divert income intended for recreation facilities towards replacing the ticketing machine that was damaged beyond repair. 

Recreation Forester, Dan Cadle, said;

“This sort of anti-social behaviour is never acceptable at any time but this was a really short-sighted and stupid thing to do.

“The couple of pounds that go into the machine for every car that parks up are intended for supporting the work we do in maintaining and developing visitor facilities.

“We did have some significant plans to replace a bridge, repair the hill path and build a couple of new paths but without the income from parking - and the expense of having to replace the machine - these plans could all now be affected.”

Anyone with any information about the attack is urged to call Police Scotland on their non-emergency number - 101.

Dan added;

“The main disappointment is that this vandalism could affect the Bennachie visitor experience. We’d really appreciate the public’s help in keeping our plans on track.”

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.