Thinning works at Rannoch Woods

Rannoch Woods, Johnstone is to become a more inviting and welcoming space for visitors as Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) carry out tree felling works to help create a lighter, open space for the community.

Following feedback from members of the public that Rannoch Woods is too dark and uninviting, the upcoming thinning operations will reduce the number of trees in the woodland and along the path edges. This will increase the amount of light and create a more open appealing safe space for visitors.

Due to begin on Friday 29th January, the works will gradually improve the quality of the woodland for wildlife, create a more attractive woodland landscape and help improve the quality and value of timber in the future. 

Jim Williamson, Community and Visitor Services manager, Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “The upgrade to Rannoch Woods is essential to help create a better, more enjoyable green space for the community, as well as encourage the wildlife to thrive.

“Our long-term aim is to achieve a woodland which has good access and is diverse in species, structure, character and biodiversity. We will improve and build new paths, install new signs and encourage biodiversity through natural regeneration and planting where needed.”

The tree thinning works are estimated to take around 6-8 weeks with a further two to three weeks to remove the timber. During this time, some paths will be closed to ensure public safety, but diversion routes will be provided and clearly sign posted.  

The main work of tree felling and removal of timber from within the woodland will take place Monday to Friday, between 7am and 7pm, with potential work being carried out at the weekend to allow for faster completion.

If users are unsure of the works and require more information, please contact FES on 0300 067 6700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission 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 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.
  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.