Tuesday 27 July 2021

Rally - Closed Shop Grampian

The organisers of the Grampian Forest Rally have confirmed fears that this year's event on the 14th of August will officially be a 'NON SPECTATOR' event. Although Forest & Land Scotland cannot prevent pedestrians, walkers, ramblers, hikers, bird watchers, flora spotters and berry pickers from entering the estates which they manage, it is to be hoped that folk will respect the organisers' wishes.

Of course quite a few folk were spotted recently peering out between the trees in Argyll and in Dumfries & Galloway but they were mostly sensible and behaved themselves as they wandered about identifying the various species of trees, grasses, floo'ers and weeds whilst the amateur wildlife conservators ensured that the midges had plenty to eat. It was encouraging to note that the passage of rally cars every now and again did little to upset or discourage these nature lovers from their various passions!

And whilst F&LS cannot ban visitors, they can prohibit the sport. Of course it's only a matter of time before such action is taken given current political manoeuvres and longer term intentions so care has to be exercised by fans and followers in the meantime. We are being watched.

Full statement here:




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