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4 November 2016

Road closures throughout Holyrood Park on Bonfire Night

Traffic management and patrols in place on Saturday 5th November

A general view of Salisbury Crag, looking out to Edinburgh’s Old Town, in Holyrood Park.

Holyrood Park will be closed to vehicle traffic on Bonfire Night – Saturday 5th November – from 6pm until Midnight.

Throughout the evening Historic Environment Scotland, who manage the Park, will have the Park’s Ranger Team carrying out shared patrols along with Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service.

The Park is one of Edinburgh’s most important historic attractions and environmental havens, and is home to many species of plants and wildlife. Throughout the year the Ranger Team along with emergency services partners help raise awareness of wildfire and the impacts that it can bring, including significant damage to the Park’s rich cultural heritage and impact upon the underlying archaeological remains.

By engaging with the public to help raise awareness and and carrying out these joint patrols there has been a significant reduction in call outs to the Park and surrounding areas over previous years, helping to minimise the impact on the emergency services and helping to protect this designated area.

Historic Environment Scotland’s Ranger and Visitor Services Manager for Holyrood Park, Martin Gray, said: “Bonfire Night is an opportunity for people to have fun, but it is important that this is done safely. With an area such as the Park, which covers many hundreds of hectares, it is very easy for fireworks, if not properly supervised, to cause a lot of damage.

“As in previous years we will be working with partners at Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and would encourage people to attend organised firework displays, for their own safety and that of the environment around them.”

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Grant Thomson 
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Direct Line: 0131 668 8603
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