New and better facilities for MTBers are planned for Glentress Forest, near Peebles, after Forestry Commission Scotland acquired a 12-acre site close to the existing facilities. A new visitor centre is being proposed, along with a bigger hire shop and cafe. Glentress attracts 250 000 visitors a year, most of them heading on to the MTB routes and North Shore areas.

Glentress to be expanded

Forestry Commission Scotland ‘Scottish Borders District manager, Christina Tracey, said:

"Glentress Forest has been a fantastic success as a visitor attraction, drawing 250,000 visitors a year, but it is becoming more difficult to provide a quality service to the growing numbers of visitors with the tight space we are operating from at present.

"We have been very fortunate to acquire 12 acres nearby with panoramic views of the Tweed Valley, where we are planning to provide more and better facilities and overcome the space restrictions that our present site imposes.

"We’d like to hear what comments and suggestions local people and forest users have about our plans, so we’re holding an open weekend on Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th of October for the public to come along and see what we’re planning and ask us any questions they have about it.

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