12 May 2019Temporary Closure of Happy Valley to the Public

News article on the Orkney Islands Council website, copied below for your information:

New path for Happy Valley

10 May 2019

Work is about to begin on building a new boardwalk path at Happy Valley in Stenness.

Once complete, it will create a new circular route, reducing wear and tear on existing paths through the mature woodland and opening up further areas of the local nature reserve for people to explore.

The work is due to get underway on Monday 13 May and also involves installing two stone benches, one in the ‘pond field’, the other in the reserve’s ‘young tree field’.

It is expected to take three to four weeks to complete and during this time Happy Valley will be closed to the public.

Eileen Summers, Environment Officer with Orkney Islands Council, said: “This work will enhance an already special place and we look forward to people trying out the new facilities when it has been completed.

“Once the building materials and equipment are on site, there will be little or no room left in the Happy Valley car park. For this and for safety reasons we felt it best to close Happy Valley while the work is underway.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this causes and thank folk in advance for their patience and understanding. We plan to see Happy Valley open again before the busiest time for summer visits.”

02 May 2019Tour of the stone carvings at Happy Vallley

There's a lovely piece on The Orkney News website published last month about the stone carvings in Happy Valley that we thought we'd share with you in case you haven't seen it yet:

Something about stone carving

11 April 2019Look-a-like letterbox reinstated

For those who were missing the red letterbox on the door of Bankburn, we are happy to let you know that a replacement red letterbox of the same style has been affixed to the door. It's fixed in place and cannot be lifted so this one won't fall off!

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