Some Country Parks in Angus to open but guidance must be followed

Published

29th May 2020

Following the First Minister’s announcement on Thursday 28 May 2020 there are changes to the way the public can access some of the Country Parks across Angus.

Car parks at Monikie Country Park, Crombie Country Park and Forfar Loch Country Park will re-open from Friday 29 May at 9.00am. Car parking charges will be temporarily suspended at these venues.

Please be aware and follow Scottish Government guidance as well as the below if choosing to visit our country parks:
• Drivers are asked to be aware of others and park cars in a way to facilitate physical distancing
• All toilets, playgrounds and hides will remain closed
• There will be no water sport or conservation activities delivered
• Outdoor swimming is not permitted
• No private launches of sailing vessels are permitted
• The public are asked to kindly continue to take their litter and dog waste home

It’s important to highlight that the ANGUSalive Ranger Service will not be operating across its Country Parks and there will be no first aid service or rescue cover available. If members of the public require assistance they should call for emergency services.

Colin Knight, Senior Manager for Sport & Leisure at ANGUSalive added: “We’re delighted to be able to reopen some of our car parks once again. However it’s essential the public support us by following the current government guidance as well as adhering to our own guidance on using our spaces.

“As highlighted in government guidance, those who do not live within 5 miles of our country parks should not visit until the guidelines on travel have been lifted. This will help with physical distancing and ensure the outdoor space can be enjoyed safely.

“We recognise that recreation outside is very important for both our physical and mental health, and although the recent lifting of some lockdown rules are very much welcomed, it’s only a small step and our normal offering is sadly still much reduced. We hope the public will support us and follow government guidance as well as our own guidance for enjoying our country parks.”

The Glen Doll Ranger Base and Montrose Basin car parks will remain closed as will the visitor centres and toilets. If you live locally and are accessing these venues on foot please remember to kindly take litter and dog waste home.

ANGUSalive is working closely with Cairngorms National Park Authority, Forestry Land Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust on when the car parks at these sites will re-open in line with government guidance.

Although parking charges are suspended at the country parks for now, as a charity donations are welcome and greatly appreciated and can be made at the cairns located at the sites or via the support us page at www.angusalive.scot 

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