New forest road access onto A72 at Nether Horsburgh

Work is due to start next Monday (26th Feb) on a new forest road entrance on the A72 at Nether Horsburgh.

The work is expected to take two weeks to complete, weather permitting, with temporary traffic lights in operation for the first week between 8.45am to 6pm. 

The new entrance completes the link between Glentress Forest and the A72 and will serve as the main timber haul and operational access route for all of Glentress and Nether Horsburgh.

John Ogilvie, Planning Manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland in the Borders said:

"We would like to thank everyone for their patience whilst the temporary traffic lights are in place.

"Once the new entrance is in use, there will be minimal timber haulage via Glentress Peel which is a major advantage as it keeps recreational visitors away from timber traffic as much as possible.

"In the last year or so we have been preparing the way for new planting at Nether Horsburgh as part of our on-going management of the forest. This work included the construction of new forest roads and access tracks, completion of a deer fence and felling of several older shelterbelt woodlands.

"New planting will start later this year and will include a wide range of conifer and broadleaf tree species that will develop into an attractive woodland landscape, complementing the rest of Tweed Valley Forest Park."

For safety reasons, no parking will be permitted at the new entrance.

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 agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forest Enterprise Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.