A £1 million investment into the development of a new forest tourism attraction will create jobs and bring thousands of new visitors to the south of Scotland.
The overall £11.75 million tourism development is being managed in a partnership between Forest Enterprise Scotland and Forest Holidays, which is providing the private sector investment of more than £10.7m.
The investment has the potential to generate an extra £1 million into the local economy each year, employ up to 60 people and increase visitors to Glentress Forest from 300,000 to 330,000 by 2022.
Funding provided by the Scottish Government to Forest Enterprise Scotland will support plans for 16km of new mountain biking trails, multi-use paths and other infrastructure improvements, which are part of a wider 56 eco-cabin development at Glentress Forest.
Sallie Bailey, regional manager with Forest Enterprise Scotland said: “This is great news for the Tweed Valley and the Scottish Borders as a whole.
“Work is now in progress to take forward these exciting new developments at Glentress and in the next two years we will see a real step change in what we offer visitors to the area.
“This has been an excellent partnership project right from the very start, involving local stakeholders in its development. We are thrilled at the prospect of raising the game of forest tourism in the Scottish Borders.”
Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance said: “This is great news for the south of Scotland, an area where there is huge potential for tourism and the partnership project is an excellent example of public and private sectors working together to strengthen Scotland’s position as a global tourism destination.”