Tree felling closes Glentress tracks

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Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) started an eight-month tree felling programme in mountain biking mecca, Glentress Forest, near Peebles, yesterday (Monday October 20).

Foresters will be urging visitors to follow the diversion signs on biking and walking trails closed for nearby felling work.

Glentress’ recreation manager Katie Jarvis said: “This is a very large programme of tree thinning which is aimed largely at improving the forest structure and its biodiversity. We plan to improve an area of forest equivalent to 100 football pitches.

“For public safety we’ll need to temporarily close off sections of our trails whilst we do this work. We’ll keep everyone updated on these diversions on our website and in the main car parks to the forest.”

FCS says thinning out the forest is necessary to increase the amount of light and space under the tree canopy, which encourages trees to grow and allows new seedlings and plant life to thrive.

A spokesperson said: “Once the work is complete it will create a more open and welcoming setting for forest visitors and promote more wildlife in the forest.”

The Buzzards Nest Car Park and the road leading up it will be closed from the middle of November to the start of the Christmas holidays and there will be no access for vehicles past the Falla Brae Car Park.

To keep up to date with temporary trail closures and diversions visit www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/tweed-valley-forest-park/glentress or http://www.7stanesmountainbiking.com/Glentress---Innerleithen