SIX unused buildings at Glentress will be demolished at the end of this month as part of a multi-million pound project.

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) announced that the "long-awaited" redevelopment of the site near Peebles will begin at the end of September following an 18-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 'Glentress Masterplan' will include 16km of new in-forest mountain bike trails, walking trails, increased visitor car parking capacity, and the construction of 56 new, Forest Holidays’ eco cabins to enhance the area’s tourism accommodation offer.

Martin Page, FLS regional visitor services manager, said: “It’s been a long and frustrating wait but we are now seeing these long-overdue plans begin to materialise.

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"The Glentress Masterplan is going to deliver significantly for the area, including the Tweed Valley and the Scottish Borders as a whole."

The group has also confirmed that the demolition work will not affect visitors to the walking and biking trails at Glentress.

Mr Page added: “As well as creating around 60 jobs through the construction phase and on-going management, the development is anticipated to help draw 300,000 visitors to Glentress – and inject around £1million into the local economy - every year.

“Starting work here is the first step in a raft of exciting changes and we’re pleased to be at the point where, after discussing it for so long, we can roll up our sleeves and get on with it.”