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Development of Peebles forest

Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

People are being asked how a Borders forest could be improved as a recreation area and tourist attraction.

A twelve week consultation is taking place that could see new walking and biking trails being developed at Glentress Forest near Peebles.

Cyclists at Glentress Peel Credit: ITV Border

Glory for Glentress

Glentress has been voted 2014 UK Trail of the Year Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Scottish Borders is home to the best bike trail in Britain, according to the mountain biking public.

Glentress, which is one of the 7stanes, was crowned 2014 UK Trail of the Year.

There was more success for 7stanes in the Scottish category of the awards with Glentress, Innerliethen and Kirroughtree finishing top three in the Scotland Top Trails and Bike Parks category.


8 month tree-felling starts at Glentress Forest

An eight-month-long tree felling programme has started at Glentress Forest in the Scottish Borders.

An area the size of 150 football pitches will be thinned, to help improve forest structure and allow wildlife to thrive. The forest is popular with visitors, and some of the bike trails will be closed, so people are being asked to be vigilant during the works . Lori Carnochan reports

Tree-felling area size of 150 football pitches

The area is the size of 150 football pitches Credit: ITV Border

An eight month long tree-felling programme is underway at Glentress Forest in the Scottish Borders.

An area the size of 150 football pitches is being thinned to help the forest structure and allow wildlife to thrive. Some trails will be disrupted during the works, but the forestry commission is urging visitors to continuing enjoying the area.


Masterplan for Glentress

Mountain biking centre at Glentress Forest. Credit: ITV news

Forestry Commission Scotland has announced it is to develop a masterplan for Glentress Forest.

The Peebleshire forest is home to one of the biggest mountain biking centre's in the UK, which attracts 300,000 visitors each year.

FCS want to look at ways in which they can develop the forest further, and link it to nearby communities such as Peebles and Innerleithen.

One key component of the project is that they want the views of the public.

Workshop sessions were held today and will be held tomorrow for members of the public to express their views.

Teenage biker injured

A teenage mountain biker has suffered a serious head injury after an accident in a Borders forest.

The 14-year-old boy from Bathgate, West Lothian, fell from his bike on the cycling track at Glentress Forest near Peebles, on Sunday afternoon (19th November).

He was airlifted from the scene by heli-med and taken to Glasgow's Southern General Hospital where his injuries are described as " serious" but not thought to be life-threatening.

Glentress Forest is one of the UK's most popular downhill mountain biking venues and attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the country each week.