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Road closures & patrols to protect Holyrood Park on bonfire night

2 November 2010

Holyrood Park will once again be closed to traffic on Bonfire Night as a special safety measure. Rangers and Police will also patrol the area throughout the evening.

The move which has been successfully trialled over the past few years, was introduced to help avoid wildfires which can be caused by fireworks.

The park, which is managed by Historic Scotland, is one of Edinburgh’s most important historic attractions and wildlife havens, and is home to many species of plants and wildlife. These are often the first to be affected by fire, while it can also damage the archaeology beneath.

The trials have seen a significant reduction in call outs by the emergency services to the area, and all parties are keen to help keep the park safe this Bonfire Night.

Martin Gray, Historic Scotland Visitor Services Manager for Holyrood Park, said: “Bonfire Night is an opportunity for people to have fun, but it is important that that is done safely. With an area such as the park, which covers many hundreds of metres, it is very easy for fireworks, if not properly supervised, to cause a lot of damage. This year we’ll be working once again with police and the fire service to help reduce the risk to the park, and would encourage people to attend organised fire work displays, for their own safety and that of the environment around them.”

Community Firefighter Ian Fleming of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said;
“Bonfire night is one of the busiest times of the year for our service with hundreds of calls coming in to our Control Room staff. We found a dramatic reduction in calls when the park was closed last year and this left our firefighters free to respond to other incidents across Edinburgh. We will be working closely with Historic Scotland again this year and would urge people to go to organised events instead of using the park to help us reduce any risk.”

Safer Neighbourhood Team Officer PC Matt Higson said; “Along with our Fire Service colleagues and other partner agencies, we strive to ensure that Bonfire night is as safe as possible for all concerned. Safer Neighbourhood Team officers will be working closely with Historic Scotland Ranger Service on Bonfire night within the park to proactively deal with situations and, if necessary, enforce park regulations prohibiting the lighting of fires to ensure everybody’s safety.”

The road closures will be in operation from 6pm to 11.00pm

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858