A POPULAR Helensburgh woodland has been closed to the public on safety grounds.

Argyll and Bute Council announced the decision on Tuesday afternoon to temporarily suspend access to Duchess Wood for maintenance work, pointing to "a number of safety issues which need to be addressed".

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A statement from Argyll and Bute Council said: "In order to ensure public safety, a decision has been made to close Duchess Wood in Helensburgh until further notice.

"Part of the on-going management and maintenance of Duchess Wood includes undertaking a survey of the condition of the woodland.

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"Unfortunately, the most recent survey has highlighted a number of safety issues which need to be addressed, including urgent remedial works to trees.

"We have therefore been advised it is necessary to close the woodland whilst necessary works are completed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."