Published: 29/04/2018 08:55 - Updated: 24/04/2018 11:58

No more memorials at beauty spot as space runs out

Califer viewpointTHE most scenic spot in Forres is no longer accepting memorials.

Over the last few decades, the approach to Califer viewpoint has filled with trees, plaques and benches in memory of local people who have passed away.

However, the area has proved so popular that owners Moray Council have been forced to stop accepting requests.

Forres Community Council secretary, Eleanor Hayward, raised the issue at the last meeting in the Tolbooth.

She said: “A woman asked me for advice on how to go about getting permission to plant a memorial tree at Califer viewpoint.

“I passed on her request to Ken Kennedy of the Moray Council lands and parks department who maintain the area. He said it is now closed to requests because there is no remaining space.”

A council spokesperson confirmed that, up until now, there have been no formal rules regarding memorials at the beauty spot other than planting in front of the viewpoint has never been allowed.

Anyone wishing to plant a tree previously met a council representative on site and agreed a location. The memorial was sourced and planted, then the requestor was invoiced for the costs.

Mr Kennedy confirmed there are a number of remaining sites elsewhere in Forres that may be suitable and to contact the local authority for more information.

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