I write on behalf of the Ettrick and Yarrow communities, in this instance specifically the upper Ettrick Valley, to express our dismay and grave concern regarding plans for re-afforestation of the valleys, and our horror at the scale of these projects.
It would appear that plans are already in place to continue the blanket coverage of these beautiful areas with trees, excluding farming practice.
Ettrick and Yarrow Community Council has written to Richard Lochhead, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and environment, and the local MSPs to make them fully aware of the desecration already taking place.
We feel that commercialisation is overtaking any other consideration and that life for those most closely affected is becoming intolerable.
(chair, Ettrick and Yarrow Community Council)