Glentress Forest is managed by the Forestry Commission and has been developed for public access. Miles of forest trails and paths give access to all parts of this man-made woodland for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Historic features are interpreted for the visitor, and include the site of Shieldgreen Tower and the ramparts of an Iron Age hillfort on Janet’s Brae. From the hillfort there are spectacular views of Peebles and Tweeddale, and a short walk leads to a reconstruction of a timber round house of the Iron Age period. The woodland itself has a history, and some stands of Douglas Fir were planted in the 1920s, when the forest was created in response to the national shortage of timber brought about by the First World War.