Forestry Commission Scotland is advising members of the public that Tyrebagger Wood (5km west of Aberdeen on the A96) will be closed as from Tuesday 6 January until mid February to allow forestry operations to take place.
Visitors are instead being urged to make use of the Kirkhill Woods’ carpark and trails on the other side of the A96.
Dan Cadle, for the Commission’s team in Aberdeenshire, said;
“Tyrebagger is a small woodland just off the A96 north west of Aberdeen but it is well used by people for walking, running and cycling.
“We’ll be carrying out some essential thinning and a small amount of clear felling in the area and with public safety being our priority, we’ll close the wood – and both car parks – completely.
“Harvesting sites are dangerous, noisy places and anyone entering them without authorisation will be putting themselves – and our staff – in danger.
“It is vitally important that visitors observe the signage and do not try to come into the woods where we will be working.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause and we hope that our regular visitors will understand the need for the closure.”
The work also requires that in the week beginning 12 January there will be a short term road closure of the B979 between the Clinterty Road and A96 junctions. The road will be closed between 9am and 3pm (approximately).
The exact date for the closure is yet to be determined but will be advertised ahead of time.
The lower car park and Tyrebagger Woods will be reopened once tree felling has finished. The upper car park will reopen once all the felled timber has been moved.
Other alternatives to Tyrebagger include Countesswells and Foggieton, which are about 10 minutes to the south between Kingswells and Cults.