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Woman airlifted to hospital after Galloway biking accident

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling from her mountain bike in Kirroughtree Forest near Newton Stewart.

The cyclist suffered head and neck injuries after being thrown from her handlebars whilst making her way through one of the sections of the famous 7 Stanes tracks on Saturday afternoon.

She was brought to safety by the Galloway Mountain Rescue and team before the air ambulance transferred her to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

"The injured female was packaged with a C-collar and vac-matt and stretcher carried to an awaiting ambulance and thereafter transferred to Helimed 5 air ambulance to be flown to DGRI."

– Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

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Storm repairs continue at Galloway Forest Park

This winter has seen some fairly extreme weather and work is still going on to repair some of the storm damage in the Galloway Forest Park.

Trees were blown down and uprooted making the woodland trails safe for visitors is taking some time.

The repair work has meant that many walking and mountain biking trails have had to close but not everyone is heeding the signs to stay away. Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Beginners guide to stargazing a hit in Galloway Forest Park

Yesterday many people were out searching for the northern lights in Dumfries and Galloway but, unfortunately there was no sign of them, but a beginners guide to stargazing still proved a big hit.

Run by the forestry commission in Galloway Forest Park, the events are being held throughout the next few weeks.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith spent an evening with the stars.

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New visitors centre a 'boost for local economy'

The first of three new and upgraded visitor centres in the Galloway Forest Park is to open on Saturday.

A £4.5 million investment from Forestry Commission Scotland has helped to modernise two centres at Clatteringshaws and Glentrool and build a new complex at Kirroughtree.

All three visitor centres are using local, Galloway bases catering businesses to provide food and refreshments for their site, something those involved in the project are sure will help to boost the local economy.

“The new centres are stylish, modern and are designed to be very user friendly for the many visitors who are coming to Galloway Forest Park. The region has so much to offer in terms of green tourism and these new visitor centres are just what we need to create a more welcoming experience. The fact that we have local businesses working in partnership with the Commission to run the centres is great news and good for the local economy.”

– Keith Muir, Tourism Manager at Forestry Commission Scotland

Investment shows 'significant commitment' to green tourism

The £4.5 million investment in Galloway Forest Park from the Scottish Forestry Commission has been said to show 'commitment' to boosting green tourism within our region.

The money has been invested into upgrading and building three new visitor centres within the park.

The new Kirroughtree visitor centre is due to open for the first time on Saturday.

The new tourism developments have been welcomed by Paul Wheelhouse, Environment & Climate Change Minister:

“Galloway Forest Park was established back in 1947 and is famed for its wilderness, rugged landscapes, nature and outdoor recreation. This multi-million pound investment in forest tourism marks a significant commitment to help support and grow green tourism in the region.”

– Paul Wheelhouse, Environment & Climate Change Minister

Galloway Forest Park's £4.5 million investment unveiled

The new flagship Kirroughtree visitor centre in Galloway Forest Park will open on Saturday at 10am. Credit: Forestry Commission Scotland

A new, state-of-the-art visitor centre is to open in Galloway Forest Park on Saturday.

£4.5 million has been invested by Forestry Commission Scotland to create and update three sites, including a new complex at Kirroughtree, a modernised centre at Clatteringshaws and an upgraded centre at Glentrool.

The new centre at Kirroughtree will be opened for the first time at 10am on Saturday.

All three visitor centres have Galloway based catering businesses providing food and refreshments.

The Kirroughtree complex aims to be very user friendly for those exploring the forests or just wanting somewhere for a bite to eat and a coffee.

For walkers or mountain bikers, there will be new showers, changing rooms, bike washes and an open space modern café.

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