Parkland trees being planted at Nether Horsburgh

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Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) has begun planting around 80 parkland trees on the site where the Peebles Agricultural Society’s Annual Show takes place.

The planting is part of the wider transformation of Nether Horsburgh, which was acquired by FES back in 2011 to create an exemplar forest for the 21st Century.

Oak, Scots Pine and Norway Maple will be planted along the valley floor close to the A72 to create a more attractive landscape that blends into the natural surroundings.

Nether Horsburgh is located next to Glentress Forest and stretches down to the River Tweed opposite Cardrona village.

John Ogilvie, Forest Enterprise Scotland’s planning forester in the Scottish Border’s said:

“Since we purchased Nether Horsburgh there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes, developing a woodland creation plan and carrying out public consultations.

“Higher up at Nether Horsburgh we have started work on a new forest road that will link Glentress  with the A72.  This new road will become the main route out for timber - in time we won’t need to take timber out through Glentress which is a major safety bonus.

“The planting at the event site is in keeping with the landscape character of the Tweed Valley and will be an added natural attraction to the landscape.  The trees will be protected, so the fields can be used for grazing livestock the rest of the year.”

The parkland trees are a small part of a wider programme of timber planting higher up in Nether Horsburgh which will see nearly 250 hectares of new trees.  The main new planting is due to start in spring 2018.

The management of Nether Horsburgh is also being carried out to compliment on-going work involved in developing Glentress Forest as a major tourism and recreation destination for visitors. 

The parkland planting should be completed by the end of June.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
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