Call for development of landscape policy

Two national organisations have joined forces to press the Scottish Government to develop a land use policy which protects Scotland’s world-renowned landscapes, and ensures access for recreation.

Scottish Water says its charges will still be lower than the UK average after a 1.6 per cent increase.

Increase in Scottish Water charges to fund investment

Household water charges in Scotland remain among the lowest in Great Britain, according to recent figures.

Councillor Gordon Edgar in Selkirk.

Parking disc scheme trial is abandoned

A bid to try out a disc-based parking system in the Borders has been abandoned after it failed to win support from the police, it has emerged.

Livestock worrying can have devastating consequences.

Dog owners warned out of control pets could be shot

Dog owners are being warned that their pets could be killed if they are found anywhere near sheep, regardless of whether or not they have attacked them.

Wet wipes are just one of the items that can cause blockages.

Campaign to keep sewers clear

Scottish Water is still dealing with almost 100 blocked drains and sewers daily, despite a drop in blockages over the last three years.

Grave find at cemetery

Grave find at cemetery

A Selkirk woman has called for dog walkers to be banned from cemeteries after finding faeces had been left on her family’s graves.

Galashiels film maker Mark Nicol

Highlighting the Borders with a smile

Galashiels supermarket manager Mark Nicol is a one-man tourist board for the Borders. His videos are informative, but his tongue remains firmly in his cheek. Kevin Janiak reports

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson surveying green waste dumped in the town's Mansfield Road.


Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson has defended this week’s decision by Scottish Borders Council to hike the charges it levies on businesses for collection of trade waste.

The yellowhammer, one of the 130 species recorded in last year's Big Farmland Bird Count.

It’s time to count the birds

The fourth Big Farmland Bird Count is underway (February 3-12) and farmers in the Borders are being urged to take part.

Purple Milk-vetch.

An amazing sight is when flowering Thrift turns St Abbs Head pink

In last week’s article the sea birds at St Abbs Head were the main subject, and, important as they are, they are only a part of the fascinating selection of wildlife that finds a home and refuge at the Head.

John Brown with his Terrier Treacle at the poo box he made as the council refused to install one near a popular walk near his home in Newstead.

Council replaces volunteer-run bin

Scottish Borders Council has at last installed a dog waste bin at a popular dog walking route near Melrose after a volunteer-run bin had been removed after four years.

Borders Exploration Group meeting in Lindean Village Hall, Graham Little,
Chloe Muir, Caitlyn Gillie, Mark Wands, Eilidh Robertson, John Little, Lucy Forsyth, Joseph Milligan, Richard Leaver, Zoe Pflug, Clara Hammersley, Rosie Robson, David Hunter, Cammy Munro, Jane Hunter, Freya Mcllwraith, Lauren Fallas, Jane Bryant, Mairi Lawrie, Grace Edwards, Pam Hunter.

Bolivian adventure looms for young Borderers

A group of young Borderers are carrying out fundraising activities across the Borders to raise cash for a trip to Bolivia.

Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse.

Scottish fracking consultation begins

A public consultation on whether or not to allow unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) has been launched by the Scottish Government.

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Philip Kerr looking towards Wauchope West, another proposed wind farm site near Hawick.

Wind farm firm under fire over negative report on Hawick

The company behind a major wind farm application close to Bonchester Bridge has come under fire from community leaders over a negative assessment of Hawick and the surrounding area.

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Hawick film-maker Dawn Berry in Wilton Lodge Park.

Project will film year in the life of Wilton park

A project to capture a year in the life of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park, currently undergoing a £3.64m revamp, is calling on young people in the area to get involved.

Philip Kerr in front of another target for development, Wauchope Forest, where 20 wind turbines are proposed.

Concerns voiced over size of wind turbines proposed near Bonchester Bridge

Opposition is mounting to plans to build a wind farm south of Bonchester Bridge.

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Hawick councillor Davie Paterson in Wilton Lodge Park.

Cafe culture put on hold in Hawick, but other park work ahead of schedule

The multi-million-pound regeneration of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park is ahead of schedule despite hold-ups hitting work on a new cafe there.

Souters to look into ways of preserving historic Auld Kirk

Souters to look into ways of preserving historic Auld Kirk

The future of Selkirk’s Auld Kirk, and ways to involve the local community in the site, will be discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday, January 24, during which a ‘Friends of the Auld Kirk’ group will be established.

Hawick councillor Davie Paterson examines the green waste dumped near Hawick Rugby Club.

Anger over green waste dumped near Hawick recycling centre

A councillor is urging Teries to help kick fly-tippers into touch after finding green waste dumped opposite Hawick Rugby Club’s Mansfield Park ground.

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