Volunteers ready for another Gala waterway clean-up

Gala Waterways Group clean-up report
Gala Waterways Group clean-up report

Volunteers will don gloves, waders and wellies this weekend, for another crack at cleaning up Galashiels’ town centre waterways.

On Saturday, members of Gala Waterways Group, a sub-committee of Galashiels & Langlee Community Council, will tackle trees and bushes that are growing out from the walls of the town’s mill lade.

The work will start in the lade adjacent to McDonald’s restaurant, and then move further upstream to near Prostrakan.

As well as waders and wellies, volunteers should also bring, if they can, saws, loppers and secateurs and meet in the car park opposite McDonald’s (Cameron’s Architects at Wilderhaugh).

The clean-up follows one earlier this month which saw volunteers rake in a giant haul of everything from car seats to a tractor tyre from the Ladhope Burn.

That particular work party comprised eight volunteers, and as well as the aforementioned rubbish, they also raked out two lorry tyres, nine car tyres, a car battery, empty plastic and steel drums, a yellow parking cone, four concrete frames for inspection chambers, five metres of steel bar, two aggregate bags, roofing felt, polystyrene slabs, 10 litres of paint, a plastic bucket, a ceramic pedestal for a washhand basin, a CD cabinet, two Christmas trees and seven bags of general rubbish.

Community councillor Rick Kenney said afterwards: “It was great to see some new faces at the work party, and to have continuing support from Elders of the Church of Latter Day Saints.

“The community council is grateful to everyone who helped with the clean-up, and to Scottish Borders Council for disposing of the rubbish.”