Jed Xerscape is set to help citizens get trim

Construction is under way on the Jedburgh Xerscape, which sees the town’s old trim track reinstated with modern outdoor gym equipment.

Jedburgh Xerscape is a community project, with the £20,000 costs funded by the lottery and Scottish Borders Council.

Installation of the equipment, which includes everything from outdoor rowing and skiing machines, to space walkers and sit-up benches, is expected to be completed in time for them to be used by members of the public this weekend.

The equipment, by outdoor play equipment specialist, Wicksteed, was also this week painted in the town’s traditional colours of blue and red.

The Xerscape is split between two areas of land, with the first just upstream from the town’s Auld Brig, and the second area at the end of a jogging route further upstream.

Local community councillor, Kevin Hill, is the project co-ordinator, who is overseeing the scheme on behalf of the community council.

He told us: “The old trim track was installed back in 1977, when they were quite commonly built as a way of marking the Queen’s silver jubilee.

“Then there was a scheme introduced to provide grants for communities to do things to mark the Queen’s golden jubilee in 2012.

“We wanted to apply for funding for the Xerscape under that, but by the time we got through all the paperwork and planning process we’d missed the deadline. However, we were still able to obtain funding from the Lottery’s Awards for All scheme and from Scottish Borders Council, which was fantastic.”