Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) have confirmed that their four sites in Renfrewshire will remain open during the current lockdown.

The four FLS sites in Renfrewshire, ideal for walking, are the Bluebell Woods and Windyhill in Johnstone, Boden Boo in Erskine and a woodland and grassland area in Howwood.

Simon Hodgson, FLS Chief Executive, said: “As we all continue our efforts to limit the impact of the virus and to keep as many people as safe as we can, it’s now imperative that we support the Scottish Government’s ‘stay-at-home’ guidance.

“However, we also recognise that it is also important that we all look after our health and well-being. That is why we are keeping most walking & mountain bike trails, car parks and toilets open so that local people can benefit from visiting their local woods.

“The current advice is to take your exercise locally, so we would ask that people visit woodlands that are within walking, cycling or wheeling distance from their homes. We understand that there will be instances where, young children, older people and less able people will not be able to manage that short walk to their local woods, so we have kept our car parks open to help give them as much opportunity as we can in the circumstances.

“We thank our visitors in advance for behaving sensibly and responsibly, and ask them to follow the latest Scottish Government and NHS advice.”

You can download an information sheet on FLS Renfrewshire sites here (file is in PDF format).