Weather damage results in woodland caution call

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As weather conditions in the north east continue to take their toll, Forest enterprise Scotland is urging members of the public to use common sense if visiting the national forests estate for a woodland walk.

Recreation Forester, Dan Cadle, said;

“Despite the horrendous weather, much of the national forest estate is still open to visitors but we would urge people to be aware that conditions are poor in some places.

“Large areas of the national forest estate in the north east are closed and we would urge people to think carefully before venturing out. If people do go ahead with a forest visit they should keep their eyes open, avoid potentially hazardous situation and make sure that they stay safe.”

“As well as some localised flooding we’ve experienced washouts, where water flow has scoured some path surfaces and made them uneven and potentially hazardous.

“There have been numerous cases of windblow blocking some trails. There may also be some windblown trees hung up on others that are still standing and visitors to woods should steer well clear of these."

Weather and ground conditions across the area are poor and some forest trails have been rendered impassable.

Visitors should be aware that patch surfaces may be loose or uneven and should be prepared to turn back if they encounter flooding, felled trees or other hazards.

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.