Forestry Commission Appoints Capita Symonds for Loch Ness Project

13 August 2010

Capita Symonds’ Heritage Management team has won a contract to provide visitor experience and interpretation planning services for the Forestry Commission Scotland’s South Loch Ness Estate.

The project is the company’s first parcel of work under a new framework contract with the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS). The framework, which is for two years with an option to extend for a further two years, is used to procure all FCS interpretation planning projects valued at less than £20k.

Working in collaboration with Countryside Management Services (UK), Capita Symonds will be playing a major role in FCS’s rigorous planning processes while enhancing the visitor experience. Working closely with FCS’s local staff, its design and interpretation team, and the local community and other stakeholders, Capita Symonds will be:

  • Carrying out an audit of current visitor facilities;
  • Carrying out audience and stakeholder research to develop a statement of significance reflecting the forest’s unique sense of place and informing the interpretive plan;
  • Identifying visitor management issues which can be addressed through effective interpretation;
  • Producing a visitor experience and interpretation plan.

FCS has holdings across the whole of the Scottish mainland and islands, ranging from Dumfries and Borders Forest in the South to the North Highland Forest in the North of the country, via Ross and Skye in the West.

Jane Gibson, Capita Symonds, says: “We hope that South Loch Ness will the be the first of many similar projects and are ready to set off, with wellies and midgie repellent to hand!”