Forestry Commission Scotland has appointed forester, Andrew Clark as the new Community, Recreation and Tourism manager for Fife and Clackmannanshire.
Responsible for the management of the Commission’s sites across the region, Andrew and his team of community rangers and woodland wardens will work closely with local councils, community police, local schools and community groups to raise awareness and encourage greater use of local forests and woods.
He will also work with local partners to create long term forest design plans for the Commission’s forests and woods at Balgownie, Benarty, Blairadam, Cardenden, Dean Plantation, Devilla and Gartmorn. These sites include a mixture of traditional forest areas and newly established woods that are currently being developed to bring new recreational value for local people and visitors.
Andrew explained, “Our role is to get more people using forests and woods on their doorstep for health and wellbeing benefits. We have lots of ideas for adding recreational value along with events and activities.
“There are so many benefits from being outside in green space – it naturally helps reduce stress, gives you more energy, makes your worries feel smaller and activities like walking, cycling or outdoor learning can boost your self-esteem, mood and energy levels.
“I’m excited about my new role and look forward to encouraging local people from all abilities and backgrounds, as well as visitors to the area, to explore, get more active, live healthier lives and try new things.
“If you see us out and about, please stop and say hello, we’re easy to spot, green fleeces – you can ask us questions about the woods or share ideas for community events.”
For more information on local woods and forests across Fife and Clackmannanshire, please visit: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit