Felling works at Kilpatrick Hills

Forestry Commission Scotland is undertaking felling works at the Kilpatrick Hills, as part of its 10-year Land Management Plan, which sets out the vision of the woodland following extensive analysis, community consultation and development work.

The trees will be felled over the next few years and replanted with a diverse range of trees to protect against the spread of disease, create varied timber products and for longevity with climate change. 

Stuart Chalmers, District Forester, Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“The felling works are part of necessary, on-going improvement works over the next few years. 

“We endeavour to keep as many paths open as possible for public use.  We advise visitors to be aware of any necessary diversions or closures and to follow on-site signage for their safety.  We will update our website and Facebook page on the works and encourage people to check diverted routes and closures in advance of their visit.  

“We also urge the public to be cautious as forest machines are much quieter these days, so people may not hear them in operation even though they are taking place.  Similarly, foresters won’t always see or hear individuals as they will have their safety gear on and concentrating on the job in hand. 

“Our vision is for Kilpatrick Hills to be a highly accessible area providing a wilderness experience for the public to enjoy with more recreational opportunities.  We hope our ongoing improvements to the Kilpatrick Hills, as part of our Land Management Plan, will encourage more people to come and explore these wonderful woodlands.”
Volunteers from Glasgow West and Renfrewshire have helped mark the diversion routes at Kilpatrick Hills.

The Kilpatrick Hills is a 3,500 hectare site and offers a taste of the Highlands on Glasgow’s doorstep, just nine miles from the city centre with spectacular views over Glasgow and the River Clyde, as well as hill walking and bike-riding and the chance to spot red deer, otters and ospreys.

To find out more visit the Kilpatrick Hills Facebook page.

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.