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Meeting planned in bid to clean up Hawick street hit by litter louts

A plea is going out for a showdown meeting in a bid to stop rubbish being dumped in Howegate in Hawick.

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Retired Anglican priest Andrew Warburton looking over towards the proposed site for a wind farm at Highlee Hill.

Plans ditched for tallest wind turbines in Borders

A bid to build a controversial wind farm near Hawick has been ditched after meeting with widespread public opposition.

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Looking down on Hawick Rugby ground, Mansfield Park from Hamilton Road.

Hawick would be given choice of being in or out of proposed national park

Hawick would be given the choice of being inside or outside the potential national park being proposed for the Borders, community councillors there have been told.

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Jason Curran, chairman of the Friends of Gala Policies group

Time for a new policy in Gala woodlands

A group set up to help look after a community woodland on the outskirts of Galashiels is hoping to regenerate the town by making it a nicer place to visit.

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Parkland planting begins

Parkland planting begins

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) has begun planting around 80 parkland trees at Nether Horsburgh – where the Peebles Agricultural Society’s Annual Show takes place.

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Gillian Bruce (VIBES), Vitor Durao and Angus Forbes (Farne Salmon).

Farne have right VIBES when protecting the environment

Duns-based Farne Salmon and Trout has saved £375,000 per year as a direct result of improvements in its environmental measures.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson outside the Common Haugh car park public toilets.

Clean up your act, Hawick market traders told

Concerns are being voiced about the amount of mess being left by the Saturday market held at Hawick’s Common Haugh.

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Emily Iles, Tweed Forum Project Office, with a skunk cabbage.

Appeal for reporting of invasive plants

The Tweed Forum is calling for help from anglers, walkers and members of the public to spot and report invasive plant species in the Borders and north Northumberland this summer.

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A mild winter, coupled with warmer than usual spring temperatures, could lead to an increase in the number of bugs, like ants, this summer.

Homeowners warned to expect a plague of bugs this summer

Homeowners are being warned to expect a summer of bugs.

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Prevention zone is now lifted

Prevention zone is now lifted

The Scottish Government has confirmed that the avian influenza prevention zone covering Scotland has now been lifted.

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Reports have emerged that wolves may now be reintroduced ton the wild.

Rewilding of wolves plan causes concern

As reports emerge to suggest the rewilding debate is widening to include wolves, the National Sheep Association is raising serious concerns.

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Paul Lamb with Staffie Bailey.

Vet warning after two dogs die and one is left gravely ill from eating rotten food

Dog owners are being warned to be extra-cautious after two dogs died and one was left in a life-threatening condition as a result of eating rotten food.

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James Hibbert-Hingston at Powisholm Farm.

Bid for one mobile phone mast near Newcastleton approved as plans for another are drawn up

A bid to improve mobile phone coverage and access to emergency services in and around Newcastleton has been made to Scottish Borders Council.

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This is a hybrid between a Spanish stealth slug and the UKs common black slug. Pic: Leslie Noble

Hybrid ‘super-slugs’ are invading British gardens and we can’t stop them

The Daily Mail calls it a “slime wave”. The Sun calls them “an army”. Either way, both papers have reported 500 billion slugs are set to invade British gardens, after a mild winter created perfect breeding conditions.

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Harry and Morag Grant of Hornshole in Hawick where they have left a bin out for passer-bys to use.

Morag takes action on dog dirt problem

A Hornshole resident has been praised for her generosity after taking matters into her own hands when Scottish Borders Council refused to install a bin on a popular route for dog-walkers.

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Miss Scotland Lucy Kerr has the key to Scotland's secrets

National Trust launches major recruitment drive

Families across Scotland are being handed the key to Scotland’s treasures this summer - when they join the National Trust for Scotland.

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St Joseph's school in Selkirk celebrates John Muir's birthday on Friday 21st April by dressing up with classmates which saw them complete a project on the Scottish explorer.

Pupils celebrate John Muir Day

Pupils at St Joseph’s RC Primary School in Selkirk went wild with a fancy dress party in celebration of naturalist John Muir last Friday.

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Muirburn in the Lammermuirs.

Gamekeepers keep fighting fire with fire

Ahead of the grouse season gamekeepers have been ensuring our heather-clad moorlands provide favourable habitat for ground-nesting wildlife.

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The River Teviot in Hawick.

£41m flood scheme is a step nearer reality

The £41m Hawick Flood Protection Scheme has moved a step closer reality as a search was launched to find a project manager to bring it to fruition.

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