Tree demolishes bridge in Stonehaven woods

Visitors to Dunnottar Wood, on the south side of Stonehaven, will have to take alternative paths through the forest after a tree demolished a bridge across a burn.

Fallen tree on bridge at Dunnottar Wood

Neil Taylor, Communities and Recreation Ranger with the local Forest Enterprise Scotland team, said;

"This horse Chestnut - quite a well-known feature in Dunnottar Woods – was of an age that it was not safe anymore and we were planning to take it down.

"Unfortunately the recent snow and wind beat us to it.

"Thankfully no-one was hurt in the incident but it has completely demolished one of the footbridges over the Glasslaw burn.

"We’ll clear the tree as soon as possible but the bridge will take longer to replace. Luckily there is no shortage of alternative routes through the woods so the woodlands are still open for visitors."

Visitors can walk to the woods from the town, using a number of entrances between Carron Gardens and Woodcot Brae - it’s a short, steep climb into the woods.

For the main car park at Glasslaw, drive south from the centre of Stonehaven on the A957.

Just before the dual carriageway turn right onto an unclassified road. The car park is about 20m along this road.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of 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. 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.
  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forest Enterprise Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.