17 JUNE 2010NEWS RELEASE No: 13709
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A landmark sculpture in one of south Scotland’s premier cycling and walking attractions has now been replaced after being attacked by vandals last year.
The 1.75 tonne pink quarts Gem Stane once again sits at the edge of the trails at the scenic Bruntis Loch in Kirroughtree forest, one of the “hidden gems” of the famous 7stanes biking trails.
Each of the 7stanes centres across the south of Scotland has a huge stone sculpture located in a prominent position as a landmark for the project which boasts some of the best trails in the world.
Keith Muir, Forestry Commission Scotland said:
“Everyone in the community was disappointed when the Gem Stane was vandalised last year but we have painstakingly had it repaired and it is now back in place with added security features.
“Whilst it was being fixed by experts, we took the opportunity to also upgrade the walking paths in the immediate area and build a new timber bridge for walkers giving better access to see the Gem Stane.
“Our new bridge has been designed by our very own 7stanes trailbuilder Andy Hopkins to showcase the quality of art work and timber in the area. It also shows how the biking team are sharing their skills for the benefit of walkers too.”
The 7stanes mountain bike project consists of seven purpose built mountain bike centres located right across the south of Scotland from the Borders to Galloway. Kirroughtree is one of the key centres and also boasts a range of walking trails for all levels as well as popular visitor centre.
Notes to news editors
1. The 7stanes project is being managed by Forestry Commission Scotland with partners Scottish Enterprise, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Borders Council, Solway Heritage and VisitScotland. For more information on the project and where to ride, log on to www.7stanes.gov.uk.
2. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6508.