Woodside garden in conservation finals

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A walled garden near Jedburgh has been shortlisted in the RSPB’s Nature of Scotland awards, set up to celebrate conservation success stories.

The RSPB garden at Woodside, just outside Ancrum, is a finalist in the awards’ community category. Volunteers now await the results of an incognito visit by judges, who will also assess three other contenders.

The charity’s Borders Local Group leader, John Marshall said: “This is so rewarding to be shortlisted.

“As a small project we realised that we would be competing with much larger and more prestigious ones, so to win through to the next stage is even more meaningful.

“This is a great tribute to our band of volunteers who have worked extremely hard, not only to create the garden but to keep it maintained.

“Of course the real winners in this are the birds, insects, and reptiles that can be seen in abundance, as well as the visitors who enjoy the RSPB Woodside Wildlife Garden.”

The winners will be announced on November 20.