Mountain biking in southern Scotland got a boost on Wednesday when public sector organizations behind the 7stanes project in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway announced backing for an addition three years and £1m. The money will support businesses associated with mountain biking, foster new competitions, recruit new business and community involvement and maintain and improve trails.
"The continuation of this successful public and private sector partnership will not only reinforce Scotland's reputation in the sport but will bring wider benefits to business and communities alike," said Environment Minister Mike Russell to the BBC. Russell indicated that the 7stanes project had benefitted Scotland's image internationally.
Involved localities include Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie, Mabie, Ae, Glentress and Newcastleton. The original 7stanes project increased local tourist spending by £9m in 2007 according to a Forestry Commission Scotland report.