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The community in Peebles are against plans for a block of flats beside an 18th century mansion. If the development gets the go-ahead it would mean that 46 mature trees will be chopped down – 33 on the site of the development and 13 on an access road through the woodland. Granton Homes has planning permission in principle for 14 residential apartments in the grounds of Kingsmeadows House, and submitted its original application back in 2016 before any of the residents bought their properties on the estate.
Caerlee Mill in Innerleithen has been purchased for use as the Mountain Bike Innovation Centre. Together with the proposed Tweed Valley Bike Park and Trail Lab near Innerleithen, the Mountain Bike Innovation Centre is a key development for the South of Scotland and will be funded as part of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.
Emergency responses to devastating storms should improve to protect people left without power for days, a review of Storm Arwen has found. Mass door-knocking in areas affected by power outages should be rehearsed and practised in future to ensure the welfare of affected people, the Scottish Government has been told.
The Scottish Borders has a dark history that involved magic and witchcraft and ending in the death of many accused of going against God. A campaign has been launched for all those punished and accused to issued an apology. In 1563, the old Scottish Parliament passed the Witchcraft Act which made the practice of witchcraft itself, and consulting with witches, capital crimes. A similar law had been passed in England a year earlier. Before this, there is evidence of prosecutions of individuals for causing harm through witchcraft – suggesting that a belief in magic was commonplace – but cases were rare. As attitudes changed, and Scotland saw famine, plague and wars, many began blaming witches and witchcraft including the King of Scotland James VI who was obsessed with the threat posed by witches. Here is a map detailing where accused witches lived.
POLICE are asking people to check their gardens, sheds and outhouses in the search for a 78-year-old man who was reported missing from Galashiels and who may now be in the Melrose area of the Scottish Borders. David McLeod left his home in Woodstock Avenue around 8pm on Thursday, 16 December, saying he was going to buy a newspaper from an Esso Petrol Garage but never returned. Police Scotland are asking people to contact them if they’ve seen Mr McLeod by calling 101, quoting incident number 3373 of Thursday, 16 December, 2021.”
Drygrange Community Wood in Melrose where recent storm damage to trees is “irreplaceable” according to an expert from the Borders Forest Trust.
Concerns have been raised over the use of Langlee Community Centre near Galashiels as it’s depriving local residents of the large hall and cafe which have been closed since the pandemic.
The Scottish Government advice to cancel Christmas parties and other social events has hit the hospitality sector hard due to the new Covid Omicron variant.
After a difficult year, the PSA tour in Scotland is heating up with two tournaments in quick succession; the Commercial Water Solutions Grange Challenger, followed by the Lockerbie Challenger which take place at the Lockerbie Squash & Racketball Club between 8th and 12th December.
A vigil in the Scottish Borders to remember victims of gender-based violence was held in Hawick on Thursday 26th November 2021. Reclaim the Night held a candlelight vigil as part of a Global 16 Days of Activism Campaign which starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, and runs until Human Rights Day on 10 December.
A group restoring native woodlands in southern Scotland has celebrated planting its two millionth tree.
The Borders Forest Trust is a charity that was set up 25 years ago to restore native woodland habitats to southern Scotland.
Since 1996 they have been working towards planting trees, restoring peatlands and other natural habitats, enriching the biological diversity of around 31 sq km in the Southern Uplands.
Andrew Cotter’s sports commentaries have graced the Olympics, the Six Nations and famous golf tournaments but now he has turned his hand to writing. Dog Days: A Year with Olive and Mabel chronicles a year like no other as the two Labradors have charmed and cheered the nation online after going viral during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Rain didn’t stop Prince Edward from planting a tree at the Broomlee Centre in West Linton.
His walnut tree is one of many that are being planted nationwide for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative to mark Her Majesty’s platinum jubilee in 2022.
A further 250 trees will also be planted by young children from schools all across Scotland, those trees will benefit future generations as well as help stop the land from flooding.
The Earl of Wessex, also known as the Earl of Forfar when in Scotland, had been invited to the centre to see the activities run.
The centre celebrated its 80th anniversary last year, giving young people the opportunity to have fun while learning about the environment, and building confidence.
“I expected team building but I didn’t expect to come away with such self confidence,” said David, from Aberdeen.
“We learned so much, my favourite part was the blindfold activity, it gave me a new understanding of other people,’ added Ben, also from Aberdeen.
Dave Spence, CEO, Scottish Outdoor Centre, believes that being outdoors is therapeutic for young minds. “Every child benefits from these experiences, with support they will go further than they think, it changes their self belief and self perception.”
Broomlee centre is part of Scottish Outdoor Education Centres, a charity that supports young people across Scotland, they’ve been doing it for 80 years and plan to continue for at least 80 more.
More than fifteen thousand people are set to visit Innerleithen over the next five days for the Enduro World Series final.
It’s one of mountain biking’s toughest competitions and attracts top riders from across the globe.
Ahead of the event, some of those professionals have been sharing their skills. On the grounds of Traquair House world class champion bikers have been taking young people through some skills courses, with hopes it will encourage their passion for biking.
Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival is back – a little later in the year than it was in previous years – but it’s got more events over more days.
Plus, Abbotsford house is an amazing backdrop. The home of Sir Walter Scott it is steeped in literary history.
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A queer film festival is coming to the Scottish Borders. (25 Sep)
The Queer Borders Film Festival event in Hawick celebrates the lives of LGBT+ people in the region and around the world.
It’s part of Scottish Borders Diversity week and will show a variety of films, including ones made by local young people.
The Bemersyde and Malloch trophies, for the largest salmon caught on the River Tweed and the biggest salmon caught and safely returned to the water in the whole of Scotland, have been won by the same man, Andy Britton.
He safely landed a 31lb fish – good news for salmon stocks as this weight is comparable with previous years. There have been concerns about salmon and river health, the impact of the pandemic and a dry summer on the fishing industry.
English Heritage have launched a contemplation hour initiative at their monastic sites which will continue throughout Autumn. One of the sites taking part is Lanercost Priory, which sits on the River Irthing, not far from Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria.
It was built for the Augustinian monks in the 12th century, who lived their life in peace and tranquillity – in a monastery surrounded by woodland.
A woman from Selkirk diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago is trying to raise money for charity, by developing her own gin. Matilda – known as Tilda – even foraged the ingredients.
The unique choice of flavours came about on a local foraging walk with sister Emma; Matilda wondered what the flora and forna would taste like. And Emma turned it into reality. With help from Selkirk Distillery
Matilda filled the very first bottle of her legacy gin earlier in the month and is proud she can bring in more funds for the charity.
You can’t beat getting outside and enjoying some fresh air.
One fell-walker is promoting greater diversity in the great outdoors.
Amira Patel’s search for a new direction in life saw her re-locate to Cumbria.
And when she got here she was inspired to encourage more Muslim women and other people from diverse backgrounds to get out into the environment she loves through her group The Wanderlust Women.
Tweed Love Festival is back – taking place from 17 – 19 September the event is fun for all the family.
This year it comes just after the Tour of Britain, and before the Enduro World Series – with thousands descending on the Tweed Valley is the area ready for them?
Blind golfers descended on Cardona in the Auld Enemies Cup which pitted Scotland against England and Wales.
Covid may have delayed the tournament for a year but Scotland were keen to get on the green and defend their cup. However, England & Wales weren’t backing down either.
The players in the 3-day event may have been competitive on the course, but the friendship and camaraderie was clear off it.
Local councillor Davie Paterson wants a forest in Hawick, he’s written to the local MSP and is looking into getting an environmental grant. But, it all comes down to whether the community wants one.
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