WORK will begin to develop 56 ‘forest holiday cabins’ at Glentress later this month.

It forms the latest phase of the ‘masterplan’, which includes 16km of new in-forest mountain bike trails.

The project aims to boost tourism and the long-term future for economic growth in the Tweed Valley and south of Scotland.

John Dougan, Forestry and Land Scotland’s south region manager, said: “This is a key moment in the redevelopment programme which brings much-needed opportunities to local businesses and will create several new jobs . However, as with any major construction works, there will be some short-term disruption.

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“We apologise for any inconvenience that this might cause and would like to assure visitors that we have done our utmost to keep this to a minimum.

“Whilst the overall site will remain open, we would encourage visitors to follow signage whilst on site.”

From March 1, the Buzzard’s Nest car park will be closed and all visitor parking, which is now located in the main visitor hub area, will be clearly signposted on arrival.

The freeride area will also be closed.

Public vehicles will be unable to use the Buzzard’s Nest road beyond the Go Ape facility. Visitors, walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders will still be able to access the skills area, which will remain open.