Forest clearing plan to benefit Mayfield

John Ogilvie from the Forestry Commision, Mayfield woodland project

John Ogilvie from the Forestry Commision, Mayfield woodland project

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A joint initiative to make an area of Mayfield woodland more accessible to locals is calling on the community to get involved in the plans.

The 12-acre site to the south east of Mayfield is known locally as ‘the kilns’, although it has no official name.

The Forestry Commission and Midlothian Council Rangers have come together in a bid to clear the area and create pathway to offer people a scenic circular walk with views across the Pentlands and Edinburgh.

John Ogilvie of the Forestry Commission said: “We are just trying to improve green space and the focus for us is woodlands close to communities.

“We are going to thin out some of the trees as it’s a very enclosed and unwelcoming site.

“So we want to make it more inviting.

“And we want to put paths around the site to open up more of the site as there are some lovely views over the Pentlands and Edinburgh.”

Community discussions take place on the site this Saturday (10am-2pm) and next Thursday, July 25 (4-8pm).

Outline proposals are now on display at Mayfield Library.

Read more on this in the July 18 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.