National Park protection for assets

The rolling hills of the Borders – which take pride of place in Matt McGinn’s song, especially rousing when performed by Hawick band Scocha – are undoubtedly one of this region’s outstanding assets.

They are a major feature of the landscape which draws visitors – and their money – from many corners of the globe.

That’s why we make no apologies for singing the praises of efforts by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) and the Scottish Campaign for National Parks to secure National Park status for the southern Borders (see our report on page 5).

As well as added protection – no doubt to the delight of anti-wind farm campaigners – more economic spin-offs could be expected.

National Parks have been in existence south of the border since 1951 – indeed our Northumbrian neighbours have had one since 1956.

While welcoming new developments such as the return of the railway to the Borders, our long-established assets must be protected.

A National Park would help achieve this.