Countryside access helps economy

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The economic benefits of countryside access in Midlothian have been highlighted at a gathering of local landowners.

Midlothian Council convened the second in a series of meetings to discuss how to drive the county’s economic recovery.

Thirty-eight per cent of the one million visitors to Midlothian, who generate around £96 million for the local economy every year, head for the countryside for walking, hill walking, cycling and other healthy pursuits.

Midlothian Council’s ranger services have facilitated over 45,000 hours of volunteering and community service on paths and countryside over the last three years.