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Road closures and patrols to protect Holyrood Park on bonfire night

4 November 2009

This year Historic Scotland will once again be closing the roads through Holyrood Park on Bonfire Night as a special safety measure.

Rangers and police will also patrol the area throughout the evening.

The strategy was successfully trialled last year in a bid to avoid wildfires caused by fireworks. These fires destroy plants, kill wildlife and can damage archaeology beneath the ground.

Martin Gray, Historic Scotland head of visitor services and business development for Holyrood Park, said: “We really want people to enjoy a good bonfire night and would encourage them to go to organised displays.

“People often don’t realise the damage that fireworks can cause in the park. In the past we have had to call the fire brigade to tackle uncontrolled blazes that have destroyed hundreds of square metres of grassland, killing birds, hedgehogs, toads and rare plants.

“Last year’s road closures and patrols worked well so we are repeating them this year in order to help protect the park, which is one of Edinburgh’s most important historic attractions and wildlife havens.”

The road closures will be in operation from 6pm to 11.30pm.

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.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871