Hawick park work is stonewalled by shipment delay

The late arrival of a shipment of stone and paving from China is delaying work at the revamped Walled Garden, part of Hawick’s Wilton Lodge Park regeneration.

After a meeting with project manager Scott Castle, landscape architect Mark Elliott revealed that this was the reason for the lack of progress at the site.

But it is not as bizarre as at first appears as there is a lower carbon footprint when buying from the Far East.

Explaining the several weeks’ delay, Mr Elliott, said: “It has been common practice for years now for certain types of stone to be sourced from China and India for British projects, and because of the amount to be delivered to the site, all work had to cease.

“Once the shipment does arrive on site a suitable and safe access has to be there, rather than vehicles running on previous groundwork,” added the landscape architect who has designed 500 projects and eight parks.

“This is a great development – very few other public parks will have such a resource to enjoy.”

Many locals have expressed concern because they have seen little change for several weeks, given that an official opening date of June 28 has been publicised, including an admission-by-ticket concert in the evening.

The plan now is to have an open day that Sunday so that the public can see the work so far and given an explanation of how the completed new garden will look. The concert will still go ahead on the evening of the 28th, but at the recently-completed new bandstand and it will be a free event.

It is now envisaged that the official opening will be in late July.