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Road Closures and patrols in Holyrood Park on Bonfire Night

3 November 2011

Holyrood Park will once again be closed to traffic on Bonfire Night as a special safety measure.

The park roads will be closed to traffic from 18.00 to 23.00 hours on the evenings of Friday, 4th November and Saturday 5th November.

The park ranger service and the 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. They are often the first to be affected by fire, whilst it can also damage the archaeology beneath.

The trials have seen a significant reduction in call outs to the area, minimising the impact on the emergency services and helping to protect this designated area.

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.”

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.

  • 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