Appeal following vandalism at Dunnottar Woods

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

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:00 am
wood vandalism

Posters have been placed within Dunnottar Woods asking for people to report anything suspicious to the police on Police Scotland’s 101 number.

The appeal comes after numerous outbreaks of antisocial behaviour which has 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 also been vandalised, and large and dangerous holes have been dug into Gallows Hill to create jumps for local mountain bike enthusiasts.

Stonehaven’s lively community wood was once the Kennedy families woodland, but is now a community woodland for all to enjoy.

It is full of surprises and stories about the Kennedy family who once lived in Dunnottar House. Walk directly into the woodland from the town and quickly lose yourself in history and nature.

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 having been noted over the past few years.

The Woodland Committee are working closely with the local police and Forestry & Land Scotland 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.

The local community help Forestry Commission Scotland to manage this small wood through the Dunnottar Woodland Park Association.