Land reform views sought in valleys

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ANYONE wishing to put forward their views on land reform and land use is invited to meetings in the Yarrow and Ettrick Valleys next month.

Tweed Forum, Scottish Borders Council and the Southern Uplands Partnership are holding workshops in the Yarrowford Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 4, and in the Kirkhope Hall, Ettrickbridge on Wednesday, February 5, at 7.30pm.

A senior project officer with Tweed Forum, Dr Derek Robeson, said: “The aim of the workshop is to discuss what the community feels are the key issues and opportunities regarding land uses in the valleys.

“The Borders has been chosen by the Scottish Government as a pilot area to begin to develop a land management framework which could help inform land management priorities in future.

“An ecosystems approach is being followed which highlights the importance of valuing nature’s services (the goods that nature provides to society) – woodlands, farmland, wetlands, meadows, soils, water etc – and attempts to incorporate them into an economically profitable, environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable land management framework.”

He added: “The objective of the Land Use Strategy pilot is to help us think more strategically about the potential of the land and the ways we could use land to deliver multiple benefits for society.”

Several meetings are taking place throughout the Borders in the next month. For more information, visit www.tweedforum.org