New Pentlands bench feature delights visitors

Two-year-old Jacob Cooper with dad Stewart, Bill Elliot (Scottish Water) and natural heritage officer Velda Weir.

Two-year-old Jacob Cooper with dad Stewart, Bill Elliot (Scottish Water) and natural heritage officer Velda Weir.

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A unique bench featuring wooden animal carvings has been unveiled at a popular gateway to the Pentland Hills.

Walkers and visitors to the Flotterstone Information Centre can relax on the eye-catching bench, which has been donated by Scottish Water.

It follows the completion of a £900,000 upgrade to the nearby Glencorse Reservoir. The project involved reforming embankments to prevent flooding during heavy rain, replacing valves and refurbishing parts of the dam structure.

Bill Elliot, the public utility’s community team manager, said: “We’re very grateful to everyone for their patience while we carried out these important improvements to the reservoir.

“I’m delighted to see that the bench, which features carvings representing some of the area’s wildlife, is already proving a talking point and making people smile on their visit to Flotterstone and the stunning Pentlands.”