THE details of two games to be played on a controversial football pitch in the middle of a forest near Selkirk have been announced.
Forest Pitch, a £500,000 art project which forms part of the London Olympic celebrations, will host the matches on Saturday, July 21.
Four amateur teams, two men’s and two women’s, will take part in the one-day event on the specially-created arena in Buccleuch Estate’s forest off the A699 St Boswells road.
The sides consist mostly of new Scots, who have come to live in the country from all over the world.
Organisers are expecting around 1,000 spectators, with live music and international food adding to the experience.
The commission by Edinburgh-based artist Craig Coulthard has drawn criticism from members of the public, while Selkirk Community Council vice chairman Dr Lindsay Neil called it a “ridiculous waste of money” last year.
But Selkirkshire council Vicky Davidson believes the Royal Burgh will gain valuable promotion from the project.
Tickets, priced at £5 for adults, £3.50 for concessions while under-5s are free, must be booked in advance from.forestpitch.org or by calling 01665 833751.