Inverness Woodlands highly prized by local residents

A visitor survey has given Inverness woods - and the way that Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) looks after them – a big thumbs-up.

The online and face-to-face surveys of visitors to all FES woodlands around Inverness brought positive and supportive comments from a whopping 98% of visitors!

FES Visitor Services Manager, Paul Hibberd, said;

“This is a great accolade for all of our staff who work hard to maintain the carparks, trails and woodlands and whose efforts make these local green spaces valued and welcoming places for visitors.

“Woodlands around Inverness are seen to be safe and enjoyable places to visit and while we heard from a lot of weekly visitors, even more make daily visits.

“What’s even more impressive is that 30% of people walked to a woodland from their home – which just goes to show what a strong connection people feel with their local woodlands and what a fantastically green city Inverness is!

“We’d like to thanks everyone who took the time to share their views – they will help us plan the future management of these woods.”

The surveys also revealed that visitors would like more seating, better information about the woods – and for dog owners to be more responsible in cleaning up after their animals!

The most popular woodlands include Culloden, Daviot, Craig Phadrig or Ord Hill, most of which the survey respondents had visited within the last year.

People visit woodlands to exercise, walk the dog or just to relax but runners, orienteers and even horse riders can also be seen in local woodlands.

Don’t miss an opportunity over the Christmas and New Year break to get out into the woods and enjoy some peace and quiet, fresh air and a relaxing escape from the season’s festivities.

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.