A83 Tree felling work at Glen Croe

Forest Enterprise Scotland is to start harvesting work in Ardgartan Forest in Glen Croe, along the A83.

The works are due to start on 14 September and continue until mid-December.
Everything possible is being done to minimise disruption for motorists but traffic controls will be required to ensure the safety of road users and road workers. 

These will be in place from Monday to Friday, 8.00am until 4.30pm and the traffic flow will be monitored to ensure that delays are kept to a minimum as individual trees are felled and winched uphill to flatter ground for processing. 

Denis Coy, Harvesting Forester for Forest Enterprise Scotland's Cowal and Trossachs team, said:

“We appreciate that this will not be welcome news for motorists – and we apologise in advance for the inconvenience that this will cause - but public safety comes first and foremost on a job like this.

“The trees in the forests at this section of the A83 have reached an age where they need to be brought down before they fall down or are blown over and potentially result in an unplanned closure of the road.

“The site is fairly steep and inaccessible for machines, too, so we have to go in with chainsaw and deal with the trees one at a time. It’s a fairly slow and laborious process but unfortunately there is really no other way to safely deal with the trees on this site.

“It’s a job that has to be tackled sooner rather than later, and by getting this done and out of the way now, we will greatly minimize the risk of any unplanned road closures over the coming winter and beyond.

“We hope road users will understand and appreciate the need to carry out this work.”

Replanting - with a range of native species - will take place immediately after felling, the trees being managed in subsequent years to maximise slope stability and avoid future road closures.

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.
  3. 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.
  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.