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With forecasts of more high gusts of wind over the next few days, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has repeated its plea to north and east Scotland residents to stay away from its forests.

As the organisation continues to assess the levels of damage that Storm Arwen inflicted on Scotland’s national forests and land, the organisation’s team in the area is warning of the significant risks to public safety.

David Leven, FLS’ East Region Manager, said;

“Many of our forests have been badly impacted with many trails blocked and forest roads and infrastructure damaged.

“There are also a significant number of trees that have been blown over but only partially fallen, as well as a number of trees that are still standing but which might come down in the next heavy gust.

“With more strong winds forecast we don’t want anyone risking their personal safety – or potentially their life – by venturing in to our forests until such time as we can declare them safe.

“Emergency vehicles might well not be able to reach anyone who has an accident so please, stay away for the moment.”

Clearing up the Storm Arwen damage could take months and priority is being given to tree work on locations that provide an immediate risk to people or property. FLS’ focus will then shift to providing essential access for communities, neighbours and forestry business.

The FLS web pages will be updated regularly to keep members of the public updated on progress.

If anyone has specific safety concerns they are asked to report it to the relevant FLS Regional team.  


Notes to editors

  1. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) manages forests and land owned by Scottish Ministers in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature; and supports Scottish Ministers in their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.

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  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Media Manager, Forestry and Land Scotland Media Office 07785 527590 or