Walkers are advised that Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) is preparing for essential improvement programme on Ben A’an in the Trossachs, which will conserve the landscape for walkers and other users for years to come.
The programme, due to get underway in September, includes essential felling of trees near the popular Ben A’an hill path as well as upgrading of the path itself with a view to replanting of native species in the future. This is part of The Great Trossachs Forest Project that was launched in 2009 which aims to restore Scotland’s native woodland.
To prepare for the tree-felling work starting in September, the car park adjacent to the A821 by the shores of Loch Achray at the start of the Ben A’an hill path is being closed from 23 to 27 June 2014 to prepare for the main works. It will reopen on 28 June before closing again in September for the start of the full improvement programme which will take around one year.
During the temporary closure of the car park, an alternative hill access car park and route will be made available. This will be located at Ben Venue, Loch Achray
Signage will also be in place to direct visitors to these alternative locations.
The improvements will make the path more user-friendly and safer by providing a better quality walking experience for both experienced visitors and newcomers to the area. FCS is committed to undertaking these essential works with the minimum of disruption and impact on both locals and tourists.
Further information on the improvements will be made available in due course. However, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Forestry Commission Scottish C&TFD office on 01877 382383 or on e-mail: CowalTrossachs.FD@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.