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Monday, May 20, 2024

Stay Safe and Avoid Storm Damaged Areas

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Forestry and Land Scotland is urging forest visitors to steer clear of several of its forests across the north that have been affected by winter storms. 

For public safety, car parks and trails at several destinations have been closed, including Feshiebridge, Uath Lochans, River Oich and Torr Dhuin.  

It is anticipated that in some locations clearing the storm damage could take months.  

Paul Hibberd, FLS’ Regional Visitor Services Manager, said:

“The recent winter storms have hit some of our forests in the north very hard.

“Woodlands in Strathspey and around Fort Augustus have lost thousands of trees.

“We have already started the clear-up operation but there is a large amount of work to do.

“As well as the fallen trees themselves, it is likely that some paths and bridges have been damaged by the storm.

“There is also the risk posed by hanging trees – those that have been blown over but have been caught on standing trees.

“These can be highly unstable and can fall with little or no warning. 

“We are asking members of the public to help us by staying away from the affected woodlands for the moment. 

“We don’t want anyone risking their personal safety by venturing into our forests until we can make them safe.” 

“We are continuing to assess the damage with a helicopter survey this week.

FLS is asking visitors to: 

  • always obey signage
  • stay well away from any work taking place
  • if a path or trail is blocked, please turn back 
  • do not walk around, climb over or duck under fallen trees

Visitors are advised to check FLS’ website for up-to-date information. 

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