Eddleston Water’s 
remeandering visit

Artists, scientists and teachers visited a ground-breaking Borders river restoration project as part of Working the Tweed on Friday.

The group met at Cringletie to learn about the Eddleston Water Project, which is restoring meanders to a stretch of the river straightened in the 1800s to make way for a toll road.

At the meeting, Professor Chris Spray from Dundee University and Tweed Forum’s Hugh Chalmers explained the historic context of the site through old maps, engineering and environmental science, and the role of the new river bends in helping to reduce the risk of flooding in Eddleston and Peebles.

Working the Tweed artists, visual artist Kate Foster, writer Jules Horne and choreographer Claire Pençak have been visiting the project through the summer to document progress and interview the river specialists about their work. Their findings will feature in an exhibition at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, inspired by different kinds of work around the Tweed catchment next month.

Claire, whose company Tabula Rasa developed Working the Tweed, a collaboration between artist and environmental organisations, said: “The Eddleston remeandering is a pioneering project that is attracting national recognition and feeding into UK flood management strategy.”

For more information visit www.workingthetweed.co.uk