Tree felling commences on Bennachie

TREE felling work has begun at Bennachie and will last for a few months. This specifically affects the Gordon Way towards the Bennachie Centre and forest trails around that area.

Walks at Back O Bennachie and Donview are unaffected. The Forestry Commission Scotland ask all visitors to please obey all signs for your own safety and that of their staff while they are working.

Some areas will not be accessible but throughout most of the work, diversions will be in place so you can still enjoy walks around the forest.

Emily Holmes, Ranger, said: “We are doing some thinning to improve the forest - and to improve the range and health of habitats that will benefit wildlife - but because it’s a working forest that sustainably produces timber and fuel, we are also doing some small-scale clear felling.

“There is some heavy machinery working in the forest so it’s important that everyone observes the instructions on any signs we put up. The guys working the machines are concentrating on the job and they won’t be able to see or hear people - or dogs - wandering into the work area. And it’s also quite scary how little warning you get when a tree is coming down!

“People have been enjoying the amazing, wildlife-rich forests of Bennachie for many years and the work that we are doing will help to ensure that the forest stays fit and healthy and a great place to visit for many years to come.”

From the October 1 to 12 the Bennachie Centre car park and visitor centre will also be closed to allow felling work in the vicinity to be carried out safely. Forestry Commission Scotland apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. Closing the car park is vital for ensuring members of the public are kept safe.