Cutting edge help for Earlston walkers

Anyone walking the riverside paths round Earlston will find it a bit easier now, thanks to a kind offer of help from St Boswells Mowers.

Ross Hunter of St Boswells Mowers, left, and Ian Gibb of the Earlston Paths Group.
Ross Hunter of St Boswells Mowers, left, and Ian Gibb of the Earlston Paths Group.

The firm provided a heavy-duty grass cutter to help volunteers from Earlston Paths Group clear a section of the popular Leader Water Path.

During the Covid-19 restrictions the group was unable to carry out its normal maintenance on the route and the path was becoming overgrown in some areas.

Group secretary Ian Gibb said: “Although we are not in their immediate area, Ian and Ross Hunter at St Boswells Mowers generously offered use of a machine which, thankfully, was not the one at the front of their premises, but another from their extensive range of hire equipment, that we were able to handle.

“A long section of path was duly cut and is now easier to walk.

“Their generosity demonstrates great community spirit by a local family business.”

Ian added: “The footpath network around Earlston has been heavily used by many people in the community and the surrounding area during these unprecedented times, both for their physical and mental wellbeing, enabling them to exercise and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside.”

The group hopes that everyone continues to enjoy the walks and asks that social distancing rules are respected wherever possible on all footpaths.