Tentsmuir Forest car park re-opens

Visitors to Tentsmuir Forest will from next week (Monday 14 December) be able to access the re-opened beach-side car park – but Forest Enterprise Scotland is warning that there is still much to do on the site.

The impact of severe weather has hampered the essential safety works that began on 23 November such that only a limited proportion of the car park has been tidied to enable the public to park safely.

Robin Lofthouse, for Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Tayside team said;

“We had to remove a significant number of unstable trees many of which were at risk of coming down during a storm, but the operation was far from easy. We have managed to remove all of the ‘at risk’ trees but recent snow, ice and rain has meant that we were working on very wet and soft ground and this has resulted in more damage than we had hoped.

“We’ve made a section of the car park usable and we will come back in the New Year to continue the tidy up work across the rest of the site.

“With the trees removed the site certainly looks very different – it looks like we’ve taken out more trees than we actually have – but it will begin to look a lot more natural next year when the site begins to ‘green up’ again.

“We really appreciate the patience that people have had whilst we did this and we think that they’ll appreciate the more open layout – and the fact that the ‘at risk’ trees have been removed.”

Many of the trees at the car park had shallow, poorly developed roots and were growing in a weak sandy soil. Their size and weight meant that they had reached a point where they were unstable and could easily have been blown over in the next big storm.

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 Forestry Commission Scotland 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.