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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

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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.

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