View sought on plans for Peebleshire trees

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The most photographed Christmas tree in the world, decorated and on show in London, comes from neighbouring Kielder Forest.

Foresters there have provided the Houses of Parliament with the festive tree, placed at the base of Big Ben, for the past 12 years.

The tree was despatched on a huge lorry at the beginning of the month. Similar conifers have been sent as far afield as Italy and Greece this year.

The Forestry Commission runs Christmas tree sales centres across the UK, including one at Glentress, near Peebles, which sold trees from four to 10 feet tall for two weeks until December 15.

Meanwhile, those wanting to comment on Forestry Commission Scotland forest design plans for Nether Horsburgh between Glentress Forest and Innerleithen have until January 15 to submit their views

FCS held an additional drop-in event at Glentress Peel café last night (Wednesday) when the public could see the proposals, a large scale model of the landscape and speak to FCS staff.

The plans show a mixture of conifer and broadleaved trees and planned access for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

An FCS spokesperson: “The design aims to create a woodland that will deliver woodland and rural economy benefits, as well as safeguard and enhance a number of environmental factors, for example, water.”

For details on the Forest Design Plan log on to www.forestry.gov.uk/netherhorsburghdesignplan.