Plans to revamp Highland forests

by | Sep 16, 2014 | Featured Slider, News

A popular Highlands tourist attraction which attracts thousands of visitors every year is to be further enhanced.

The publicly owned Glenmore and Upper Rothiemurchus forests, in the heart of Cairngorms National Park, boast spectacular scenery and examples of nature conservation.

Plans to improve the area will go on show next week at an event which is open to the public, with visitors being encouraged to give their views.

Several proposals are made in the draft master plan, including upgrading the visitor centre, improving car parking, better information for visitors, and more effective use of signage.

Staff from Forestry Commission Scotland, and the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), will host the event, will answer queries, and provide other information on the project.

Grant Moir, CNPA chief executive officer, said: “Cairngorm and Glenmore attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year because it is a uniquely beautiful location that stands on the edge of wildness.

“The master plan we have been working on is all about protecting and enhancing the special character of the area and overall the aim is improve the quality of the experience while consolidating and reducing the overall area of built development.

“It is important that the local community is involved so we are inviting anyone with an interest to come along, look at what is being proposed, discuss it with our staff, and give us some feedback.”

Graeme Prest, of the Forestry Commission, added that the estate has been extended over the last few months, following the acquisition of part of Rothiemurchus Forest.

He said: “This give us a fantastic opportunity to look at managing these resources on a landscape scale, working with our neighbours and other stakeholders.”

As well as information, maps and images on display, there will also be guided tours available, at Glenmore Visitor Centre, on September 25, between 1pm and 7pm.

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