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Case Study Paths around Learney Learney Estate is approximately 20 miles west of Aberdeen and is situated to the north west of the village of Torphins in Aberdeenshire.

Like many parts of Aberdeenshire, Torphins used to have a railway station. It was closed as part of the Beeching cuts in the 1960’s, but the route of the old railway line remains in place. In partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, the estate has created a new footpath along part of the line within Torphins, which now forms one of Aberdeenshire Council's core paths.

Forestry remains a key activity for the estate, focussing on the land that is unsuitable for farming purposes. An additional 500 acres of woodland has been created over the past 15 years, and 2 foresters are employed to manage the forestry operations. The woodland paths are well-used by the local community, with the village wood and lower avenues being a particular favourite among walkers.

Many visitors are attracted to the area in the hope of seeing a red squirrel during their woodland walk. Always keen to do what they can to protect one of Scotland’s ‘Big Five’, the estate even displays signs at the entrances to warn motorists that there are red squirrels in the vicinity.

Commenting, Cecilia Grant of Learney Estate said: “I am always pleased to see our new paths and the woodland walks being used. We have daily walkers and joggers we see every morning, no matter the weather. Our red squirrel population is steady and we are very supportive of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrel project.”

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