25 JULY 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14797
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Forestry Commission Scotland has purchased over 120 hectares of woodland and open land in the Tweed Valley near Peebles.
The new woodland will enable the Commission to link up with land purchased last year, creating the chance to manage a “shop window” landscape for the Tweed Valley.
The new purchase is part of the Commission’s Scotland-wide ‘re-positioning programme’. In this on-going programme, surplus land is sold off to fund the purchase of new land that brings about greater environmental, social and economic benefits.
Hugh McKay of Forestry Commission Scotland in the Borders said:
“We are really pleased with the new purchase at Castle Hill. The new area of land will create the last piece in a jigsaw to join up land stretching from Glentress right down the valley to Cardrona village.
“Our plan is to manage this new landscape as an exemplar forest for the 21st century with a wide range of tree species and habitats.
“The forest landscape will run parallel with the main road through the valley, giving the Commission a chance to showcase modern forestry at its best.”
The land contains an important prehistoric fort on the summit of Castle Hill - and links the impressive 16th century tower houses of Cardrona, Nether Horsburgh and Shieldgreen.
Both Cardrona and Nether Horsburgh towers have recently been the subject of detailed laser scan surveys by AOC Archaeology on behalf of the Commission, providing a record of the historic buildings and informing future conservation management.
The land, which backs onto the new Glentress Peel development, will offer open access to the public as usual and is situated close to the Commission’s recreational facilities located at Glentress.
Over the next few months, the Commission will consult with local stakeholder interests to ensure the maximum environmental, economic, environmental and social benefits are obtained.
Notes to news editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland works as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. For full details on Forestry Commission Scotland’s re-positioning programme, log on to www.forestry.gov.uk/repositioning.
3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.