Green groups in the Borders get together to put the message across this winter

A Greener Melrose is working with five other green groups based in the Borders to present a series of winter talks to all members.

The other organisations involved are Borders Forest Trust, Borders Organic Gardeners, Earlston Orchard Town, Melrose Paths Group and the Fair Trade Towns.

Each group will organise one of the monthly evening meetings, which will be promoted to the members and contacts of all six groups.

The talks will also be publicised through other organisations (e.g. Scottish Wildlife Trust and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) as well as through local media.

Meetings will take place in the Ormiston Lounge in Melrose, starting at 8pm. Refreshments will be served. Entrance will be by donation to cover costs.

The organisations involved will benefit from improved links with each other, as well as being able to reach a wider audience than they would do individually.

This, in turn, will promote the groups and hopefully lead to increased membership. Meanwhile, the public will be able to enjoy a high-quality series of environmental talks.

The first speaker, on January 21, will be Val Brunton of the Sunflower restaurant in Peebles, sponsored by A Greener Melrose. Val will be talking about eating our way to a stronger local economy and sharing samples.