Fires damaging Old Mine Nature Park

Forest Enterprise Scotland has been experiencing disruptive and harmful fires at Old Mine Nature Park (nr Fallside) affecting the woodland and local community. 

The antisocial behaviour, ranging from the burning of trees and timber to tree tubes and benches, is having a negative impact on the woodland and wildlife. 

Vandals are damaging older trees by lighting fires underneath them while young trees are becoming vulnerable to deer due to their tree tubes being set alight.

The local community is also being affected as benches and areas that are set aside for local nurseries to use are also being targeted. 

Susan Nash, Community and Visitor Services Manager at Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “We have been experiencing antisocial behaviour at Old Mine Nature Park for over six months which is having a severe impact on the woodland and its visitors. 

“The park is important not only for the local community, but also the local wildlife as it is maintained as a natural habit. We are asking if anyone notices anything untoward to report it immediately to the Police to help keep Old Mine Nature Park as a great green space for everyone to enjoy and visit.”  

Old Mine Nature Park is a newly created woodland south of New Edinburgh Road, which is managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland. The paths through the park are perfect for walking, cycling, horse riding or jogging, with over two miles of interlinked routes.

Members of the public are being encouraged to call 101 if they see evidence of antisocial behaviour at the woodland.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. 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.
  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.