Help shape Aberdeen's woods

Visitors to woodlands around Aberdeen are being asked to take part in a survey to help Forest Enterprise Scotland make those forests more appealing to more people.

Dan Cadle, community and visitor services manager for the FES team in the area, said;

“Our forest walks at Countesswells, Foggieton, Kirkhill and Tyrebagger are incredibly popular - Countesswells and Foggieton get 180,000 visitors every year between them!

“With that number of people visiting, it’s important that we manage those woodlands properly. The public are our audience and we need to find ways of making sure their voices are heard.”

“We are currently conducting some research that will help us draw up our plans for the next ten years. We want to know what visitors want, as well as what factors there might be that prevent some people from using them. This will help us make our forests more appealing to a wider range of communities and people.”

Surveyors are now out and about in the key woodlands gathering views and opinions but an online survey is also available to you take part.

It is anticipated that the plan will be drawn together over the next six months, with details on how to take part emerging in the near future.

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 the Forestry Commission 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 agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  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.