Positive feedback for trail and cabin plan

A two day consultation event to get views on the proposed £11.3 million cabin and trails plans at Glentress Forest was “overwhelmingly positive” according to Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Held in the Glentress Peel Café last Friday and Saturday, there was a steady stream of people asking about the plans and expressing enthusiasm for what the changes could bring.

The proposals would see 56 new modern eco-cabins built in the forest and 16km of new trails being built, including a skills area.

Feedback forms for both the cabins and trails will remain in the Peel Café until September 22nd when the consultation period ends.

Sallie Bailey, Forest Enterprise Scotland’s District Manager said:

“There was certainly lots of interest in the plans which was great. People were really positive about new trail developments and what the cabins could offer visitors and the local economy.

“There was certainly a lot of positive mentions about the location and nature of the new trails and skills area, especially for families who will not have to travel far to ride.

“Plenty feedback forms were submitted over the weekend which will contain  more detailed information for us to digest. We’d still welcome feedback from anyone else who couldn’t make the drop-in events – there’s still plenty time of time.”

The drop-in events were part of the pre-application planning process put to Scottish Borders Council by Forest Holidays and Forest Enterprise Scotland. Feedback from the consultation events will help shape the final plans before formal planning applications are put to the Council later in the year.

Forest Enterprise Scotland has produced an online feedback form on the biking trails and car parking facilities which is available at http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/glentress-questionnaire

Feedback forms for cabins and trails can also be posted to Tim Ferguson, Ferguson Planning, Shiel House, 54 Island Street, Galashiels, TD1 1NU.

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. Forest Holidays: Offering guests the chance to enjoy a peaceful getaway sur-rounded by picturesque British forests, Forest Holidays are positive experiences in Britain’s amazing forests; connecting people, nature and local communities. Forest Holidays is a joint venture, public/private partnership with the Forestry Commission and has a 125-year lease on the land on which sites are based. The cabins are architecturally designed to fit sensitively within the woodland envi-ronment with modest central facilities. With nature at the heart of Forest Holidays’ ethos, they provide year-round short breaks and holidays in timber cabins set within 9 locations on the Forestry Commission Estate, operating successfully in National Parks and other sensitive locations. http://aboutus.forestholidays.co.uk
  3. 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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