Views from the public wanted for Glentress masterplan

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13 MAY 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15927

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Forestry Commission Scotland is holding two drop-in sessions for the public to get views on how Glentress Forest and the Tweed Valley corridor could be developed for tourism and recreation in the future. 

All views will go towards shaping a ‘masterplan’ which is exploring the potential for further developing Glentress as a major tourism  destination, linking in with the surrounding communities.

The drop-in days will be held in the Glentress Peel café on Friday 24th May (5pm-8.30pm) and on Saturday 25th May (9am-2pm)

All visitors are very welcome to come in, find out more and to give their views.

Hugh McKay, Recreation and Tourism Manager based at Glentress said:

“This is a golden opportunity for the public to let us know how they think Glentress and the Tweed Valley corridor could be developed to maximise its recreation and tourism potential.

“The first two drop-in days in May will concentrate on looking at the wider area of Glentress and further down the Tweed Valley corridor.

“We are keen to get views on how this area could be developed with better recreation facilities, benefiting towns and villages such as Peebles, Innerleithen and Walkerburn.”

Further drop-in days concentrating on developing Glentress Forest itself will also be held later in July.

For anyone not able to attend, a feedback box will permanently be in place at the Glentress Peel café.  Visitors coming to the drop-in days do not need to pay for parking.

Glentress is the biggest tourist attraction in the Scottish Borders with over 301,000 visitors each year. It is famous for being the flagship 7stanes mountain bike centre, boasting world-class trails.  The forest is also very popular with walkers and numerous way-marked routes give stunning scenery.

The long-term goal at Glentress Forest is to move to a more self-supporting status where income streams at the popular woodland break even.

Notes to news editors

1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.

4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.