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Forres Footpaths Trust invests Berry Burn Community Fund cash in interactive information boards in and around town


By Garry McCartney

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Forres Footpaths Trust members Dorothy Scott, David Binney and Wilson Metcalfe admiring one of the new map panels at Sanquhar car park.
Forres Footpaths Trust members Dorothy Scott, David Binney and Wilson Metcalfe admiring one of the new map panels at Sanquhar car park.

WALKING enthusiasts have invested funding generated by natural energy in information boards for local routes.

Forres Footpaths Trust (FFT) chairman, Wilson Metcalfe, was pleased to accept £1200 from the Berry Burn wind farm Community Fund, to invest in map panels and plinths.

He said: “The project is to create a composite map of all the current walking routes identified and described on our website, printed on three panels of vandal proof material.

“It took three months to have the maps created in data format, proof checked, then printed to mount on the three stone plinths.

“These are replacing the current ones which are out of date and vandalised.

“The boards are in a similar format to the ones that are at the five main entry points to the Sanquhar Woods.”

The new display panels show a network of walking routes around Forres.

Walk instructions can be downloaded, including maps and information on what can be seen along each route.

Some routes are way marked with coloured arrows, while those in the surrounding countryside have more detailed instructions, making them easier to follow.

FFT has identified walking routes around the town and in the surrounding countryside for over 20 years.

The routes are varied and enable walkers to “experience Forres from a different viewpoint”.

Free route guides are available at www.forresfootpathstrust.org.uk/walks.htm

“Forres is very fortunate in having so many lovely areas where people can walk,” said Wilson.

“By establishing these routes, FFT hopes to have created an attractive amenity for visitors as well as to provide locals with the opportunity to rediscover our beautiful town.”


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