Tentsmuir Forest car park set to close for tree felling

Tentsmuir Forest car park is set to close for three weeks w/c November 23
Tentsmuir Forest car park is set to close for three weeks w/c November 23

Forest Enterprise Scotland is warning motorists that the Tentsmuir Beach car park and the adjacent picnic area will be closed for three weeks from Monday, November 23.

The closure – which will include weekends – will allow foresters to safely remove unstable trees from the site.

Tentsmuir Forest tree felling diversion map

Tentsmuir Forest tree felling diversion map

Visitors are also being advised not to park cars on or near the z bends before the electronic barrier, or in the residential/stables junction area at Kinshaldy.

It is also important that any forest gateways are kept clear, and access for timber haulage down the forest driveway is maintained.

As well as cutting and removing trees from the site, heavy machinery will also be used to move fine branch wood on to the dunes on the seaward side of the car park area to protect against sand erosion.

Robin Lofthouse, for Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Tayside team, said: “We appreciate that a lot of people will be disappointed at the closure but we need to do this for long-term visitor safety.

As work is going on, there will be no vehicle access to the car park at all but Tentsmuir forest will still be accessible on foot, bicycle or horse and we’ll make sure to maintain access to the toilets, the beach and trails in the wider area.

“There will be some diversions in place to make sure that we keep a safe distance between visitors and the worksite and anyone visiting is strongly urged to observe these restrictions.

“Many of the trees at the car park have shallow, poorly developed roots growing in a weak sandy soil. The size and weight of these trees is now so large that they have reached a point where they are unstable and could easily be blown over in the next big storm. Before that happens, we’re going to remove the trees and take the opportunity to re-model the car park layout.

“The decision to remove these trees has not been an easy one. I know our visitors share our views that these trees are part of the character of Tentsmuir. However in knowing that these problems exist, we simply have to act.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.”