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Dog walkers urged to keep to the sidelines

A fresh bid to stop dogs fouling on sports pitches at Netherdale has been made ... citing a piece of historical text.

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Councillor Sandy Aitchison considers Newtown St Borswells as an excellent example of a community working together to eradicate the problem of dog fouling.

Communities take charge

Communities are being urged to continue to support Scottish Borders Council’s Responsible Dog Ownership Strategy.

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Easter Langlee Landfill Site near Galashiels.

Opposition mounting to new waste site bid

Objectors to a renewed effort by Scottish Borders Council to set up a regional waste transfer station on the outskirts of Galashiels have been given a big boost in their battle to get that bid dumped.

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Site of new thermo heat plant at Langlee, Galashiels.

Residents air C77 concerns

Residents in the Coopersknowe area of Easter Langlee got their chance last week to air their concerns about Scottish Borders Council’s proposed waste transfer station directly to council officials.

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Archeological dig near St Abbs Lighthouse to try to uncover some dwellings probably once owed by the Lighthouse Board. Volunteers l-r, Helen Gibson and Carrie Gibson from St Abbs.

History experts dig what’s under the ground in coastal town

More than 65 history enthusiasts turned out at St Abbs’ Head at the weekend for an archaeological dig to examine the remains of a 19th century signal station.

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Earlston Primary School.

Supervision increased as fair is held next to primary school

Extra supervision is to be put in place at Earlston Primary School’s playground after a travelling fairground, run by a Selkirk businessman, set up camp next to it.

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Melrose in Bloom volunteers John Miller, Pam Rowlands, Val Miller and Owen Roalwnds.

Melrose is pick of the bunch again at Floral Gateway awards

Melrose has been named champion of champions after impressing judges at the 18th Floral Gateway awards, held at Scottish Borders Council’s headquarters last week.

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Professor Penny's Texel rams from Harehead, near Cranshaws, get ready to go under the hammer at kelso Ram Sales.

Records galore as sales break £3million barrier at Kelso

As he has done for the past 20 years, Border Union Show secretary Ron Wilson rang the bell at precisely 10am to get the world-famous Kelso Ram Sales underway last Friday.

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Lauder In Bloom secretary Ray Theedam Parry and chairman Alistair Smith with provost of Fife, Jim Leishman.

Lauder wins national prize at Beautiful Scotland Awards

The volunteers tasked with keeping Lauder clean, tidy and blooming all year round were rewarded with their first-ever national award last week.

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The advanced thermal treatment plant was planned for the recycling centre and landfill at Easter Langlee.

Call for inquiry into council’s £2.4m waste write-off

Following an investigation spanning two-and-a-half years, a retired Borders journalist is pressing for an inquiry into Scottish Borders Council’s failed and costly bid to bring a regional waste treatment plant to Galashiels.

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Gardeners should look out for an impressive autumnal emergence of species such as Comma, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood in the coming weeks.

Can autumn offer a butterfly boost?

Gardeners are being asked to look out for butterflies this autumn after species struggled during the cold and wet summer holiday season.

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Haugh Park in Fife was among the 2017 Scottish award winners. Pic: Katrina Johnstone.

Vote for your favourite Scottish park

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, is encouraging members of the public to vote for their favourite Scottish Green Flag Award park as part of a UK-wide competition.

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Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham is encouraging people to recycle more. Pic: Michael Gillen.

Businesses urged to be ‘Waste Warriors’

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on local authorities, businesses and organisations to sign up and join its Recycle Week army of ambassadors in a bid to get people to recycle more.

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Kevin Stewart joins Rachael Gifford, Leon Kinsman, Ben Ramsey and Kyle Mcinnes from Newtongrange Silver Band

Funding boost for Scottish mining towns

An organisation which supports former mining towns and villages has been awarded £800,000.

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Experts are issuing advice as wasps emerge this autumn.

Take action to prevent wasps having an autumn sugar rush

Wasp figures could be set to rise after the mixed summer weather created a delay in their usual pattern of emergence.

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