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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.