Not quite a straight issue for Eddleston Water restoration

Eddleston Water visited by Paul Wheelhouse in the digger.
Eddleston Water visited by Paul Wheelhouse in the digger.

Progress is being made on a project to replace the bends in a stretch of the Eddleston Water straightened out two centuries ago.

This week, Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister for Environment and Climate Change, visited the scheme aimed at reducing flooding downstream.

The work has been funded by a number of bodies, including the Scottish Government and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The Eddleston Water, which joins the Tweed at Peebles, has been modified extensively over time.

Much of it was straightened in the 19th century resulting in the loss of many of the native habitats.

Together, these land-use changes have also seen increased run-off and risk of flooding to Eddleston and Peebles.

Hugh Chalmers, of the Tweed Forum which is co-ordinating the project, told us: “We have been working with local contractors to put the bends back into a section of river that has been flowing in a straight line for over two centuries.

“This will not only increase the river length but also the diversity of habitats, with knock-on benefits for the likes of salmon and otters.”