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Duchess Wood Closure

Argyll and Bute Council have today, 17th June, closed the wood due some unsafe trees. Updates will be given as soon as we have further information as to the nature of the danger and how long the closure will be in place for .

19th JUNE Update from Argyll and Bute Council

” In order to ensure public safety, a decision has been made to close Duchess Wood in Helensburgh until further notice.

Part of the ongoing management and maintenance of Duchess Wood includes undertaking a survey of the condition of the woodland.

Unfortunately, the most recent survey has highlighted a number of safety issues which need to be addressed, including urgent remedial works to trees.

We have therefore been advised it is necessary to close the woodland whilst necessary works are completed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Further discussion indicates that the council have been carrying out a tree survey- which has raised some concern re the safety of trees overhanging paths and the car park; hence the decision to close the wood. The council have still to determine the way ahead and to see if there can be a phased reopening of the wood as remedial work is completed. We suspect that it will be some time before access to some parts of the wood is restored and FODW will press for an early resolution of this.