Dunnottar Woods Appeal

By bellmannews / May 4, 2021

From Ann-Marie Yates on behalf of The Dunnottar Woodland Committee

Dunnottar Woodland Committee along with Forestry & Land Scotland are appealing for the public’s help after a spate of antisocial behaviour and vandalism within Stonehaven’s historic woods. 

Posters have been placed within the woods asking for people to report anything suspicious on Police Scotland’s 101 number after numerous outbreaks of antisocial behaviour which have resulted in members of the public and committee clearing large amounts of litter, broken bottles, drug paraphernalia and glass away from various locations in the woods. The Shell House door has been vandalised, and large/dangerous holes have been dug into Gallows Hill to create jumps for local mountain bike enthusiasts. 

The woods welcome many visitors of all ages throughout the seasons, with beautiful historic artefacts such as Lady Kennedy’s Bath and the Shell House to view. Many people walk through the woods, dog owners use the woods daily and the refreshed Fairy Trail has been a huge success bringing in tourists from all over. 

There is a wealth of wildlife within the woods with many beautiful and rare flowers noted over the past few years. 

Volunteers are left to tidy up – dogs and walkers have suffered injuries from broken glass

The Woodland Committee are working closely with the local police and Forestry & Land Scotland and are considering whether battery operated CCTV needs to be installed in the vandalism hotspots. 

The committee would love to continue to welcome everyone of all ages to use and enjoy the woods. It has always been a perfect place to meet, walk and enjoy a picnic but unfortunately recent events are putting people and animals at risk. 

Please report any antisocial behaviour on Police Scotland’s 101 number. 

Feature image – graffiti destroying beauty of the woods. Please note this was edited on grounds of taste

Dawn Smith - May 6, 2021

Please could you consider developing a wheelchair friendly walk through the woods. Thanks

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