The Foot and Mouth epidemic has never been far from the news these past weeks. Many of us, particularly those of us who are lucky enough to make our livings from our hills and glens, have been frustrated at the pleas to avoid our beloved hills. We obviously feel for those unfortunate farmers who's livelihood has been cruelly taken from them. Having said that, with current restrictions under review and being lifted in some locations, I would like to take this opportunity to praise the large numbers of hill goers who have all complied with local estates requests that we avoid the hills. Without complaint, everyone has taken it upon themselves to do their own little bit towards preventing the spread of this disease. I would ask that those who are now beginning to nervously edge towards the hills again don't loose sight of the fact that this epidemic has not yet peaked and maximum vigilance is still required. Those of us in the commercial sector have carried out our Risk Assessments and are taking every precaution to protect our clients and the environment in which we operate.

As recommended by our local estates and other sources, if you are heading to the hills over the next few weeks and months, please consider the following recommendations:

Thanks in consideration for your compliance and lets keep our fingers crossed for a speedy solution to this tragic event.

Alan Crichton, Director, Alan Crichton Mountain Skills Limited, April 2001

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