Cold weather helps gets natural cycle of things back onto a proper footing

It must have been five below freezing last week, when I set out on my daily dog walk along my usual riverside route.

Some trees in Wilton Lodge Park are to be felled.

Trees facing axe as part of revamp of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park

Almost a dozen trees are being felled in a bid to help Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park fulfil its potential as a tourist attraction, it has emerged.

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Smailholm Tower, near Kelso

National park campaign lands lottery funding

A bid to secure national park status for a vast swathe of the Borders is gathering pace following a meeting at Jedburgh Town Hall last Thursday.

Golden Eagles could be translocated to south Scotland.

Eagle chicks to be relocated

The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project has confirmed that discussions have started on plans to relocate golden eagle chicks in Scotland.

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Calum Kerr MP, Celine Stewart, Sarah McDougal, Hazel Smith (Re-Tweed Director), Sophie Tait, Louise Douglas,  Jacqueline Thompson (Re-Tweed trainer),  Rhonda Noble (volunteer).
Front  Susan McLuckie (left) and Erin Inglis

Second helping of success for women-only enterprise

A former outfitter to the stars now has designs on helping disadvantaged Borders women back into work.

The Cauld, gravel mounds in the river Teviot behind Hawick High School

Hydropower initiative could yield £50k a year for Hawick, claims firm

Hawick’s Cobble Cauld has been identified as an ideal place for a hydropower installation, the town’s community council was told last week.

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Fallago Rig wind farm, near Longformacus.

Councillors oppose Fallago Rig extension plans

Councillors went against officers’ recommendations this week and opted to oppose plans to expand and extend the life of a controversial wind farm.

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Hawick and Hermitage councillor Ron Smith in Orchard Terrace.

Extra road repairs on way in and around Hawick

Scottish Borders Council’s three ward members for Hawick and Hermitage have joined forces to help secure a better road forward for their constituents.

Hares must be controlled to safeguard habitats, the SGA has said.

Warning of habitat damage if culls banned

A full ban on the culling of mountain hares could lead to serious damage to habitats and the species, a national organisation has warned.

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Calum Kerr MP and Hans Waltl over the Gala Water

Gala Water set to provide power to town once again

The Gala Water and its mill lade will soon once again become a primary energy source for Galashiels, following a successful application for major funding.

Farmers across Scotland are being urged to open their gates to the public for next years Open Farm Sunday on June 11. Organisers LEAF are keen to see more farms taking part.

Farmers urged to highlight vital role

Farmers across Scotland are being urged to open their gates and welcome the public to showcase their achievements and the goods and services they deliver.

Lauder in Bloom pick up Outstanding Achievement award from Keep Scotland Beatiful. Volunteers Robin Hugh (left), Hugh McKinven (centre) and Keep Scotland Beautiful chief executive Derek Robertson.

Lauder cleans up at award ceremony

Green-fingered volunteers from Lauder were given an honour for environental improvement at a national awards ceremony last week.

Galashiels and District councillor Bill White at Galashiels Golf Club, Ladhope where tree planting will be carried out.

Plans for new Ladhope woods could include mountain bike trails

Proposals put forward by the Tweed Forum could see the planting of 18 hectares of woodland and the creation of mountain bike trails on land next to Galashiels Golf Club, off Ladhope Drive.

Hopes high that putting River Tweed in limelight will boost Borders tourism

Hopes high that putting River Tweed in limelight will boost Borders tourism

Television bosses and tourism chiefs alike are hoping a new documentary series about the River Tweed will prove a splash hit.

The Easter Langlee landfill site.

Inquest into £2.4m write-off of Galashiels tip plans to remain secret

What was said at an inquest into how an abortive waste management deal ended up costing Scottish Borders Council £2.4m last year is to remain secret.

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Kelso HighSchool pupils enjoying Seafood in Schools

There’s something very fishy going on in Kelso’s schools

Kelso pupils savoured a treat this week when the Seafood in Schools team brought their roadshow to town.

The old Liberal club in Hawick High Street.

Brighter future could be in store for old Hawick Liberal club

A brighter future could soon be in store for an eyesore building in Hawick High Street.

The old Peter Scott factory in Hawick.

Roadworks set to see further closures of A7 near Stow and Hawick

The A7 is to be closed north of Stow for six days for roadworks.

It’s not over yet for St Aidan’s

It’s not over yet for St Aidan’s

A bid to demolish a landmark Galashiels church has been blocked by Historic Environment Scotland.

Peatlands are vital to the survival of many plants. Photograph: Martin Rimmer

Highland bog reveals global warming threat to peatlands

Rising sea levels and increased pollution linked to global warming are posing a huge threat to the future of the world’s peatland areas, new research has concluded.

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