The circular walk around the pond at Brodie Castle will be closed till 6 September while trees are felled.
The National Trust for Scotland’s Brodie Castle Estate has started on Phase 2 of its ten-year Woodland Management plan this week. This will mean the closure of access to the pond walk area for public safety and signage will be in place to alert visitors to the temporary closure.
The forestry work involves taking down the remaining trees along the railway line. The railway line is being closed overnight on selected dates to make this possible.
This is the final stage of major forestry works scheduled for some time, although ongoing thinning and management will continue.
The conservation charity is carrying out the work to ensure the overall health of its woodland, as well as for safety considerations.
James Dean, Brodie Castle Operations Manager explains: ‘The forestry work taking place over the next three weeks is to remove dangerous trees along the railway line. We have worked with Network Rail to ensure the timing is right, so the line can be closed for the works to take place.’
He continues: ‘We know how much people love Brodie and its beautiful walks. To keep the woodland healthy, we need to carry out regular work to remove old trees and give new native flora the chance to establish itself.’
‘We’d like to let visitors know that because there will be machinery on site felling and moving trees and timber, we are closing the pond to make sure this work can happen safely and without disrupting too many visitors. The main part of the work will be carried out overnight from 22 August, but there will still be machinery operating in the day. Please follow any signage and advice from staff and we hope you have a great visit.’
Visitors will still have much of the beautiful Brodie estate which is accessible and free to all to walk around, including woodland walks and landscaped garden including the Shrubbery and Cathedral Walk and are asked to park on the main car park at the castle. To find out more or start planning your visit, please go to nts.org.uk.