New all–abilities trail at Bennachie

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Pupils and staff from St Andrew's School, Inverurie

New all-abilities trails - at Bennachie and at Foggieton Woods in Aberdeenshire - have been opened to make local woodlands more welcoming to a wider range of people.

Pupils from St. Andrews School in Inverurie joined Forest Enterprise Scotland staff at Bennachie recently (3 May) to test the £28,000 upgrades to the Discovery Trail.

Gillian Duthie, the teacher with the group, said;

“It was the most perfect day. We walked the discovery trail pushing three wheelchairs and it was great to stop halfway at the pond for a rest.

“The trail was perfect and no problems with wheelchairs. Everyone had a fantastic day out and it’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t stay longer!”

The Warbler Trail in Foggieton Woods just to the West of Aberdeen has also been transformed into an all-abilities trail after a £10,000 upgrade.

Neil Taylor, for the FES team in the area, said;

“Some less able people are put off from visiting woodlands because of the sometimes challenging conditions of footpaths and trails.

“We’ve invested in these trails to make them significantly more attractive and appealing so that people of any level of ability in Aberdeenshire can experience and enjoy a great day out in the forest.”

The Warbler trail at Foggieton and the discovery trail at Bennachie have been upgraded to all ability trails with complete resurfacing and the addition of extra seats and rest points. 

The opportunity was taken to resurface, and reduce the gradient on part of the Colony trail at Bennachie improving its accessibility at the same time.

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. 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.
  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.