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Road closures and patrols in Holyrood Park on bonfire night

31 October 2012

Holyrood Park will once again be closed to traffic on Bonfire Night.

The park roads will be closed to traffic from 18.00 to midnight on the evening of Monday 5th November 2012.

A working group involving key partner agencies has been set up including Historic Scotland  Ranger Service, who have responsibilities managing the park, along with Lothian and Borders Police and Fire and Rescue Service.  They have been delivering a range of educational activities and will carry out joint patrols in 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, 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 acres, 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.”

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