Work begins on Glentress Peel visitor centre

New focal point for outdoor activities in South East Scotland

Work on a new multi-million pound visitor centre is beginning at Tweed Valley Forest Park, South East Scotland.

The four-building Glentress Peel development will be set on the edge of GlentressForest, connected by trails and served by new car parking areas. It's hoped that the centre will boost the area’s reputation as a focus for outdoor activities.

Facilities at the 12-acre hillside site will include

  • Bike shop and bike hire services.
  • Showers, toilets, changing areas and information services.
  • Cafe and meeting point.
  • Management facilities for on-site staff and associated partners.

All the buildings are to be constructed on sustainable principles.

Site preparation will begin in November and construction work is expected to start in spring 2009. Completion of the project is projected for summer 2010.

“Glentress Peel will bring the site to life and play a big part in Glentress becoming a centre of excellence for outdoor recreation. It will also make a significant contribution to the local economy and be a source of pride for local communities," said Environment Minister, Michael Russell.

Glentress forest will remain open during construction, but visitors will need to pay attention to construction site signage and obey diversion signs and safety instructions.

The £5m capital funding from Forestry Commission Scotland is supported with £200k from Sport Scotland and £740k from Scottish Enterprise.

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