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    • 27/07/2017 - Tweed Forum Nominated for Major International River Prize
      The Tweed Forum, the organization that protects and conserves the natural, built and cultural heritage of the River Tweed and its surroundings, has been shortlisted for a major international River prize. Awarded for outstanding achievements in river restoration and protection management, the Thiess International River Pri
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    • 15/06/2017 - £3.6m boost for Borders economy
      A business incubator centre in Hawick will help Borders businesses establish themselves and grow, thanks to a £3.6 million funding package. The funding will also: Develop four industrial units at the edge of the town Upgrade existing business facilities in Hawick’s Tower Mill Secure commitment by Scot
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    • 19/05/2017 - GWCT organises visit for school pupils to Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead to find out what’s all going on the farm at this time of year
        Pupils from Tynewater Primary School, Pathhead, Midlothian and from Elphinstone Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian visited Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead this week to see what is currently happening down on the farm.  The youngsters saw at first hand sheep, lambs, cattle and calves along with samples of wheat, barley, b
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    • 20/04/2017 - Scottish Borders castle secures future
      Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders has secured £150,000 of funding to help secure its future. The 16th century home was forced to close in 2012 following an outbreak of dry rot, which spread through the building. Since then, the owners have been working on a sustainable business plan to reopen it to visitors
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    • 13/04/2017 - Big Houses in the Scottish Borders Map
      Big Houses in the Scottish Borders is a non-profit organisation made up of the big houses of the Scottish borders. It was set up in 2012 to combine some of the main attractions in the borders to work together to share advertisement and marketing opportunities. They have now produced a new map, launched this week, giving infor
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    • 03/03/2017 - Members Meeting Held - Proposed Borders National Park
      A meeting was organised at the Buccleuch Arms in St Boswells to discuss the proposal for a Borders National Park.  Those members who manage land within the proposed area were invited to attend.  There were some lively discussions around the proposal and some debate on what the aims of a National Park should be.  A feasibil
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    • 09/02/2017 - LBAP Partnership Meeting
      Organised by Scottish Borders Council, a LBAP development meeting was held earlier this week in Newtown St Boswells. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together stakeholders and start work on the development of a revised LBAP for the region. Attendees included representatives from Scottish Wildlife Trust, Borders Forest
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    • 09/02/2017 - LEADER boost for Scottish Borders projects
      The Local Action Group (LAG) assessment meeting for Scottish Borders LEADER on Tuesday 24 January approved a further eight project applications. Scottish Borders LEADER has now committed £705,000 funding across 15 projects. These projects are divided into ten community, three rural businesses and two farm diversification pro
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    • 31/10/2016 - Eddleston Walk & Talk - 25th October 2016
      On the 25th October, Tweed Forum and Scottish land & Estates hosted a walk & talk event showcasing the work that has been completed on the Eddleston Water Project.  The main aims of the project were to: Reduce flood risk for the communities of Eddleston and Peebles by restoring the original features of the catchment
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    • 20/10/2016 - South of Scotland wind farm approved
      The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown has granted planning consent for a new 19-turbine wind farm in the south of Scotland. Aikengall IIa will be located in the Lammermuir Hills between East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. The development by Community Wind Power Ltd will generate up to £9.4 mil
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    • 16/09/2016 - MP given update on restoration work at castle
        Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr has been given a progress report on restoration work under way at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder, during a visit to the 16th century tourist attraction.    He is pictured being given a tour by Edward and Sarah Maitland-Carew, the latest genera
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    • 09/09/2016 - Thousands Survived Bear Grylls Challenges at Winton
        Pictures by Epic Action Imagery Thousands of athletes and kids completed the Bear Grylls Survival Race obstacle courses at Winton House last Saturday, and many more visitors enjoyed the Family Festival. In this first ever Bear Grylls in Scotland, there were rivers to wade through, monkey bars to swing from, ammo bo
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    • 12/08/2016 - Heated discussion at Kielder Lynx meeting
      Feelings were undoubtedly running high at last night’s first (of a promised series) local meeting in the Kielder area to discuss a proposal to reintroduce Eurasian Lynx to the forest.  The proposal is being put forward by the Lynx UK Trust, a charity that promotes its reintroduction.  Paul O’Donoghue the projec
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    • 26/07/2016 - Kielder preferred site for Lynx reintroduction
      The Lynx UK Trust has announced its preferred site for a trial release of Eurasian Lynx is the Kielder Forest straddling the border with England.  The Lynx UK Trust is a charity that has ambitions to see lynx reintroduced to the UK.  However, it has not as yet submitted a licence application to either Scottish Natural Herit
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    • 21/07/2016 - Hudson Hirsel Announces NHBC Pride in the Job Award
      Scottish Land & Estates member Douglas & Angus Estates are very proud to announce that Jeff Loughlin, Leet Haugh Site Manager, has been recognised by NHBC with their Pride in the Job Award 2016 for his dedication to building homes of outstanding quality. Pride in the Job is the house-building industry's most prestigi
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    • 09/06/2016 - Joint Lowland Deer Network Scotland - Scottish Land & Estates Walk & Talk Event
        Joint Lowland Deer Network Scotland – Scottish Land & Estates ‘Walk and Talk’ event 8th June 2016 The joint event, started with a short series of presentations at Caddonfoot Hall, Clovenfords,  before moving onto site visits at Yair Hill Forest and then onto Torwoodlee and Buckholm Estates, at the invit
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    • 19/05/2016 - Tweed Forum Set to Mark 25 Years of Championing the River
      One of the leading organisations responsible for the protection and enhancement of the River Tweed and its surrounding lands will mark its silver anniversary this year with the introduction of a special River Champion Award. Over the last 25 years, the Tweed Forum has worked with farmers, foresters, landowners, ghillies a
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    • 29/04/2016 - MP visits Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping
            Callum Kerr, SNP MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk and leader of the SNP Rural Group in Westminster,  recently visited Scottish Land & Estates’ South East member Alan Bailey at Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping. Mr Bailey gave Mr Kerr and his manager assistant Mhairi Frain a guided tour of his
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    • 25/04/2016 - South East/West Fire Danger Forecast is HIGH
      The Fire Danger Forecast in the South East and South West of Scotland is HIGH and will remain so until heavy rains come.  See attached report for full information:  
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    • 15/04/2016 - New Community Trust Benefits Coldstream
          Hudson Hirsel LLP, part of Douglas & Angus Estates who own the Hirsel Estate in Coldstream, is pleased to announce the establishment of a Trust Fund which will ultimately benefit the community of Coldstream to the value of £200,000.  The key purpose of the Hudson Hirsel Fund is to benefit Coldstream and i
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    • 14/04/2016 - Champagne Brunch at Kelso Races
        Monday 11th April was Buccleuch Cup Day at Kelso Races which is a prominent date in the racing diary.  Members of Scottish Land & Estates, Kelso Races Ltd were keen to support an event for us and as such, we hosted a Champagne Brunch in the Pavilion Marquee for over 150 guests. With a brilliant mix of guests
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    • 11/03/2016 - Roxburghe Estates - Kelso Cycle Trails
      The Angraflat Mountain Bike trails, located on the Roxburghe Estates outside Kelso in the Scottish Borders, was formally opened at a ceremony last week. The Duke of Roxburghe was delighted to be able to provide consent to lease Angraflats plantation for the off-road cycling area, and the trails were developed thanks to the ha
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    • 16/02/2016 - Borders SNP team combine to urge better EU deal for the borders
        Leading SNP politicians in the Borders are joining forces to back Scottish Government proposals for a major change in EU administrative region boundaries within Scotland, which could lead to the Borders and other South Scotland areas accessing far better funding options from Brussels.   Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Ca
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    • 09/02/2016 - Belhaven Hill Pupils Help Tweed Forum Reduce Future Flooding in the Borders
      Pupils from Belhaven Hill School in Dunbar have been helping environmental group Tweed Forum with natural flood management in the Borders. Fourteen children aged from 9 – 12 years old planted over one thousand trees along the banks of the Shiplaw Burn near Eddleston between Penicuik and Peebles. It is hoped that as the tree
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    • 21/01/2016 - Pub hub pilot project launched in the Scottish Borders
      A scheme aimed at allowing rural pubs to provide a wider range of services for their communities has been launched for the first time in Scotland. It is hoped the Pub is the Hub pilot project in the Scottish Borders could be extended across the country.   It has helped hostelries in England and Wales provide libr
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    • 20/01/2016 - Pub is the Hub - Scottish Borders Launch
      Pub owners and operators, suppliers and local authority representatives in the Scottish Borders are being invited to attend the launch event on 20 January 2016 at The Lodge Carfraemill in Lauder. Pub is the Hub offers advice and support to licensees, rural pubs and community services as well as to communities considering the
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    • 18/01/2016 - 200th Anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo
      Lothian Estates, located in the Scottish Borders close to the historic abbey town of Jedburgh, is a working estate incorporating let farms, housing, forestry, fishing, shooting and various small commercial activities, and is home to a variety of built and natural heritage. Dating from the first half of the fourteenth cen
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    • 26/11/2015 - Belhaven Hill School Wins Scotland’s Biggest Nature Prize
      Pupils and staff at Belhaven Hill School are celebrating winning the Youth & Education Award at the RSPB's Nature of Scotland Awards for conservation. The small boarding and day prep school in Dunbar, with only 127 pupils, was competing against far larger organisations as well as several schools. Outdoor education plays an im
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    • 24/11/2015 - Bramble the Bedlington Raises Monay for Dunbar RNLI
      After the sell-out success of the book ‘Bramble and the Hare’, Bramble the Bedlington terrier is back for another adventure to raise money for the Dunbar RNLI in the new book, ‘Bramble and Thistle’.  On a showery April afternoon, Bramble and her best friend Thistle learn one or two important lessons with the help
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    • 12/11/2015 - Borders National Park Proposed Supported By 2015 Scottish Borders Tourism Business of the Year
      On Friday 6th November 2015 Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities presented Ruberslaw Wild Woods Camping with an award  as Scottish Borders Tourism  Business of the Year 2015, at the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards at Springwood Park, Kelso This award is made for all
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    • 20/08/2015 - Research to analyse the impacts of the Borders Railway on the communities in the Scottish Borders
      On behalf of Transport Scotland,  PBA is undertaking research to analyse the impacts of the Borders Railway on the communities in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. As part of this research they are undertaking a telephone survey of businesses within the area.  This aims to build up a picture of business conditions befo
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    • 06/08/2015 - Parliament calls for objections to Pentland Hills Park extension
        The Pentland Hills Regional Park Boundary Bill (PHRPBB) Committee is calling for objections to the proposed Park boundary extension to be submitted by the 28th September.  The Bill has been brought forward by Christine Grahame, MSP and seeks to move the boundary southwards, taking in parts of Scottish Borders an
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    • 07/07/2015 - Final Tree Planted at Halkburn
      On Sunday, 28th June 2015 Torwoodlee Estate was honoured with a visit from His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, who came to plant the last tree in the Halkburn Diamond Jubilee Wood, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant Captain Gerald Maitland Carew. The Laird of Torwoodlee, Mr James Pringle, and his wife Mrs Alice Pr
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    • 10/06/2015 - New Forest Manager for Dumfries & Borders
      Forestry Commission Scotland has appointed Dr Sallie Bailey as the new Forest District Manager for the Dumfries & Borders region. In her new role she will be in charge of the area’s National Forest Estate, ensuring that the forests and woodlands contribute towards the local and national economy. Dr Bailey took up th
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    • 14/05/2015 - What is the BORDERS TREE PLANTING GRANT?
      Trees are an extremely important feature of the Borders landscape. The Borders Tree Planting Grant can offer financial assistance to plant individual trees or small clumps of trees, in order to retain this landscape resource for the benefit of people, communities and wildlife. This grant is for trees and woodlands that fall b
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    • 23/04/2015 - Belhaven Hill School's Hedge Planting Supports Local Wildlife
      Belhaven Hill School recently took a group of 23 volunteer boys and girls aged 7 to 13 to The Hopes Estate in the Lammermuir Hills in East Lothian to plant a wild hedgerow to provide an important nesting and feeding area for native songbirds.   Blackthorn, hawthorn, crab apple, dogrose and hazel were planted as a wid
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    • 09/04/2015 - Conservation of Torwoodlee Tower to Start Imminently
      The Pringle Family of Torwoodlee are delighted to announce the start of a project to stabilise Torwoodlee Tower, an iconic ruin and important local landmark.  The Tower dates from 1601 and plays a large part in the history of Galashiels and in the Braw Lads’ Gathering.  The remains of the Tower have become increasingly pr
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    • 28/11/2014 - South East Members Meeting a Great Success
      Around 50 members from the South East region gathered at Gosford House to hear from Scottish Land & Estates Board members and staff as they provided updates on key items of policy work - both national and regional. From a national perspective, the main areas covered were Ag Holdings, Land Reform, CAP Reform the Tenancy Regime
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    • 30/10/2014 - Scottish Borders Business Forum’s New Website
      Business leaders and politicians visit Galashiels Transport Interchange to see progress and launch new website The importance of integrated transport networks in the Borders has been highlighted today with a meeting of business leaders, Scottish Borders Council members and national politicians at the Galashiels Transport
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    • 24/10/2014 - Fisheries Management Demonstration Day
        It was a full house at Tillmouth on Wednesday for the Fisheries Management demo day sponsored by Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP.    Delegates heard from a range of leading industry figures as well as Peter Misselbrook from Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP who provided an update on the recently released Wild Fisheries
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    • 26/09/2014 - Hopetoun Announces Details for Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Night
      Hopetoun House today announced the ‘spooktacular’ details for their sixth annual Hopetoun Bonfire and Fireworks Night including a special ticket offer to celebrate the box office opening this weekend.   Taking place at Hopetoun House on Saturday 1st of November 2014 the event builds on Hopetoun's reputation for p
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    • 19/09/2014 - Successful Private Water Supply Walk and Talk Event
      A Walk & Talk event on private water supplies was kindly hosted by Alan Baillie at Spital Tower near Hawick on Wednesday 17 September.  A great mix of attendees including estate managers, farmers and solicitors listened as Alan offered an excellent insight into a member’s experiences when working with a Victorian wate
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    • 22/08/2014 - Successful Deer Management Event
      Scottish Land & Estates, Lowland Deer Network Scotland (LDNS) and Buccleuch run a joint Walk & Talk event at Dalkeith Country Park to look at Lowland Deer Management on the Urban Fringe.  Around 50 guests listened to presentations from representatives of the organisations and Police Scotland with the focus on good practice.
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    • 21/08/2014 - Lothians and Fife Set to Benefit From Edinburgh Broadband Scheme
      Thousands of businesses in the Lothians and Fife are set to benefit from free superfast broadband thanks to a successful scheme led by the City of Edinburgh Council. The initiative is being delivered until March 2015 by Business Gateway in Edinburgh as part of the UK Government’s £100 million Super Connected Cities pro
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    • 04/08/2014 - The Pentland Hills Regional Park - Annual Report
      The Pentland Hills Regional Park has seen another busy year. The 2013/14 annual report outlines changes that have taken place in the Natural Heritage Service; with four Natural Heritage Officers now having responsibility for designated areas in the Park. This will help re-establish links with landowners and farmers as well as
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    • 23/07/2014 - Back to the Future at Woodend Farm
        John Seed and family hosted an excellent agri-renewables event earlier this week at their farm near Duns in Berwickshire.  The main messages of the day were around rural resilience, local jobs and economy and reshaping farm energy needs.  John aims to create a farming business that is as self-sufficient as it was whe
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    • 08/07/2014 - Update on Edinburgh Local Development Plan
      City of Edinburgh's latest Development Plan Scheme can be viewed by clicking here or in local Council libraries. This booklet explains that the Council has now prepared a second proposed plan to which you will be able to make written representation between 22 August and 3 October 2014.  It also includes details on drop i
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    • 03/07/2014 - East Lothian Countryside Report now available
      The East Lothian Countryside Annual Report is now available to view by clicking here. The report summarises activity in the area through 2013-14.
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    • 17/06/2014 - Is East Lothian's Rural Economy 'Better Together'?
      Chalmers & Co, chartered surveyors, estate agents and architects, are delighted to be a main sponsor of the Haddington Show. Their marquee is shared with co-sponsors Greaves West & Ayre. Francis Ogilvy, owner of Chalmers & Co, says that East Lothian has many assets:   “We have beautiful countryside – fertile and
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    • 08/05/2014 - Horse logging demo at Glentress Forest
      Woodland owners and the public are being invited to see horse logging in action in the heart of Glentress Forest, near Peebles.     Forestry Commission Scotland is working with professional horse loggers over a period of several weeks to remove timber from sensitive areas of the forest.   The horses are bei
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    • 11/04/2014 - Hedge Planting for Grey Partridges Contributes to Outdoor Education
      Belhaven Hill pupils relaxing after hedge planting for grey partridge conservation Belhaven Hill School’s Maths teacher, Mr Tom Rawson, recently took a group of 23 volunteer pupils aged 9 to 13 to Tanderlane Farm near Garvald in East Lothian to restore over 150 metres of hedgerow to improve an important nesting are
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    • 18/03/2014 - Chalmers & Co Builds East Lothian's Biggest Architectural Practice
      Alan Sheerin and Francis Ogilvy are delighted to announce the merger of their architectural practices under the Chalmers & Co banner.   "Being able to bring together Alan's vast experience and local knowledge from 30 years of practice in Haddington with Chalmers & Co's architectural team will allow us to provide our
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    • 06/01/2014 - Midlothian Local Development Plan Newsletter
      During 2013 Midlothian Council prepared, and consulted on, a Main Issues Report for the Midlothian Local Development Plan. To keep you up-to-date on progress since the end of the consultation period a newsletter has been prepared. Please follow the web link below to access the December 2013 newsletter. http://www.midlot
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    • 07/11/2013 - Philiphaugh Estate generates power and protects wildlife
      Scottish Land & Estates’ member, Philiphaugh Estate, has developed the first hydro power station on the River Tweed near Selkirk.  Protecting wildlife has however been a major consideration in building the station, which can power over 200 homes.  The Tweed is renowned for salmon and Philiphaugh has its own salmon viewi
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    • 25/09/2013 - Land Use Strategy in the Scottish Borders
      We urge all members in the Scottish Borders to be aware of the Land Use Strategy pilot which is currently underway in the area.  The aim of the Land Use strategy in the Scottish Borders is to pilot  a mechanism which uses an ecosystems approach (natural capital/nature’s services) to consider existing and future  land
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    • 28/08/2013 - East Lothian Local Development Plan Newsletter
      East Lothian Council are now providing an online newsletter which provides progress updates on their East Lothian Local Development Plan – and ways in which you can become involved. For further information please go to www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ldp
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    • 21/08/2013 - South of Scotland (SoS) Next Generation Broadband
      South of Scotland (SoS) Next Generation Broadband SoS Broadband Project Team - Quarterly Update   To read the update please click on the attachment below.
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    • 01/08/2013 - Scottish Land & Estates at the Border Union Show
        Scottish Land & Estates shared a stand with CKD Galbraith at last weekend’s Border Union Show which marked the 200th anniversary of the Border Union Agricultural Society. The show – also in its 200th year - was part of a range of special events which have taken place through the year and featured additional ev
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    • 18/07/2013 - Request for Members Input With Scottish Borders Council
      Tony Stevenson, Trevor Jackson - both South East Regional Committee members - and Teresa Dougall, SE & SW Regional Manager, met recently with Brian Frater (Head of Planning and Regulatory Services within Scottish Borders Council) to look at ways in which we can work better together and increase their awareness of the work bei
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    • 10/07/2013 - Next Generation Broadband
      Please see leaflet from South of Scotland broadband giving details on the soon to be live website and also a request for completion of a very short survey in order to judge demand for next generation broadband. Our understanding is that at present there are varying response rates across the Scottish Borders and that where sur
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    • 10/07/2013 - Borders Railway News
      To view the latest news on the Borders Railway Project visit http://www.bordersrailway.co.uk/news.aspx   
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    • 27/06/2013 - Scottish Borders - Are You Involved in Nature Based Tourism?
      The Southern Uplands Partnership (SUP) wish to speak with you if you are active or interested in local tourism and/or make use of the high quality environment we are blessed with. The SUP has been working to promote the concept of nature-based tourism for several years.  Some progress has been made, especially in Dumfrie
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    • 26/06/2013 - Scottish Borders Council Management Structure
      Following on from a recent members meeting with Scottish Borders Council to encourage communications between our members and the Local Authority, we have now been provided with a full Council Management structure chart which will prove useful to members in ensuring they identify the relevant person in relation to specific que
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    • 04/06/2013 - Allotments Given Boost By Pioneering Community Scheme
      THE public’s love affair with allotments was given a boost today (Tuesday) by a pioneering initiative led by Roxburghe Estates and the Kelso Allotment Society. Two acres of land on part of Floors Home Farm field in Kelso have been turned into around 60 coveted plots for gardening enthusiasts in the local community.
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    • 03/06/2013 - Police Message - Rural Crime in Scottish Borders
      POLICE MESSAGE From the 2nd April to 28th May, there have been 8 separate incidents regarding the high value thefts of motor vehicles, particularly Land Rovers / 4 X 4s and quad bikes from rural farm areas in the Scottish Borders. All offences have been committed during the hours of darkness, however, there is reason to belie
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    • 22/05/2013 - First schools countryside day ‘a success’ say organisers
      Primary five schoolchildren from across the region went to their own special Border Union show - the first event of its kind - in Kelso on Tuesday. The Border Union Agricultural Society (BUAS) staged its Schools Countryside Day for the 1,300 children as one of the main elements of its Bicentenary celebrations. Speakin
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    • 02/05/2013 - Better Broadband for the Borders - Take Action!
        Although there is strong support for better broadband in the Borders, currently only 1.4% of people across the South of Scotland have registered their demand on the official website set up by the South of Scotland Broadband Project team (Dumfries & Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council). Please register your in
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    • 24/04/2013 - Borders brochure to boost coach tour trade
      A brochure full of suggested Borders tours has been produced in an attempt to increase the tourist coach and group travel trade in the area. With cash from the European Regional Development Fund, Business Gateway Scottish Borders has developed Discover Scottish Borders, a brochure containing five two-day itineraries highl
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    • 24/04/2013 - State of the Borders finds 15 areas of concern
      A draft council report highlighting economic, social and environmental issues of “real concern” to the Borders has been compiled. The “red” list items stretch to 15 points, while an “amber” list of issues also includes 15 areas of concern. The red list includes the facts that more households are in pov
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    • 24/04/2013 - Tweed's Derek aims for balance
      Borders environmentalist Derek Robeson has joined the popular conservation charity Tweed Forum based at Drygrange Steading. The Kelso-born conservationist worked for the now-defunct Borders Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group for 15 years and has been a consultant with SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, Scotland’s Rural Coll
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    • 24/04/2013 - Scottish Government summer Cabinet heads to Hawick in August
      First Minister Alex Salmond has announced the Scottish Government will visit Hawick for a cabinet meeting in August. Shetland, Campbeltown and Fraserburgh are the other towns to host the event, with Hawick welcoming Ministers on August 20 and 21. The cabinet has previously visited Melrose in 2009.  To view
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    • 24/04/2013 - Borders railway provides no spare capacity for charters
      AS work is set to begin on the first major engineering works on the new Borders Railway this week, railway author and commentator David Spaven has urged the Scottish Government to 'fine-tune' the specification of the railway to maximise patronage by local residents and visitors.   To view the full story please click her
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    • 24/04/2013 - Rural Village at forefront of 3G scheme
      Newcastleton is the first place in Scotland to trial a community-led network which has brought 3G mobile phone coverage to the village.  Locals joined with Borders MP Michael Moore last Friday to launch the pilot scheme which has the backing of the villages businesses. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 24/04/2013 - Borders Railway newsletter - sign up here
      For full details on the progress of the Borders Railway, a dedicated newsletter is now available from their website.  To sign up for the latest news and updates please click here.
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    • 18/04/2013 - Masterplan will develop vision for Glentress
        Forestry Commission Scotland is to undertake a 'masterplan' for Glentress Forest which will explore further opportunities to develop the popular forest as a major recreation destination with key linkages to the surrounding communities.   The work to create a new masterplan will ensure that future recreation an
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    • 18/04/2013 - Hopetoun to Host Two Enquine Events in 2013
        Building on the success of last year’s Gillespie Macandrew International Horse Trials, Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh will return this year with two equine events.    Hosting a number of international sporting stars, the newly named Hopetoun Town and Country Fair (July 27th/28th), will provide a spectacular
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    • 03/04/2013 - Homecoming 2014 support for the Borders
      Melrose Sevens, the Return of the Ridings and Tweedlove Festival will all get a share of a £3m pot of funding for Homecoming 2014. The full story can be found by clicking here.
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    • 26/03/2013 - Deer Stalking Fair in the Bag
      Date: 26 March 2013.  By: Linda Mellor.   The UK’s first dedicated Deer Stalking Fair was held on 23rd and 24th March, 2013 in Kelso, Scottish Borders at the Border Union Showground. The snowy weather made travelling to the venue challenging for both vendors and stalkers. Only one exhibitor based in south west
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    • 15/01/2013 - Politicians clash over border control claims
      Claims that an independent Scotland could result in border controls with England has been described as "spurious" by a South of Scotland MSP. Former Chancellor Alistair Darling MP, leader of the Better Scotland campaign, said border controls would depend on whether Scotland was admitted to the European Union, and if an independ
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    • 11/12/2012 - Ann merits horse award
      Ann Fraser, Scottish Land & Estates member and ex-Chairwoman of the South East region, has been awarded a national leading horse charity's award of merit. Ann received the British Horse Society's recognition from BHS president Martin Clunes in London in November. For the full story, please click here.
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    • 11/12/2012 - Rural cash boost for the Borders
      A total of £1.25 million has been invested into the Borders agricultural and forestry industries through the Scottish Government's Rural Priorities funding. Woodland projects on Lothian Estates and Roxburghe Estates have both benefited. To read the full story, please click here.
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    • 11/12/2012 - Flodden Anniversary event gets £900,000 boost
      Almost £900,000 of lottery money has been awarded to the project commemorating next year's 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. Lord Joicey of Ford & Etal Estates, on whose land the battlesite is mostly located, said: "It is wonderful that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to support the application ." For the full
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    • 11/12/2012 - Cabinet Secretary to talk to region's businesses
      Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, will be in the Borders next year at the invitation of local businesses. The Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce has signed up the MSP to talk at the Cardrona Hotel, Peebles , on February 20 2013. The full story can be read by clicking here.
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    • 11/12/2012 - Roxburghe Estates agrees two farm lettings to new entrants
      Roxburghe Estates has agreed arrangements for the letting of two stock farms to new entrants from 28 November 2012. The Yett Farm, a hill farm of 1,210 acres in the Cheviot Hills near Hownam, Kelso has been let to Derek and Ann Redpath from Stow on a 15 year Limited Duration Tenancy.  Mr Redpath, aged 40, who has worked as a s
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    • 11/12/2012 - Help needed from residents in Ettrick and Yarrow
      Work is being developed with Scottish Borders Council to develop an emergency action plan for the valleys which will cover e.g. long term power failure, being snowed in or cut off by flooding. 'Revitalising the Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys Project' are looking for about 20 people from each community - Ettrick, Ettrickbridge, Capp
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    • 09/11/2012 - Borders Rail Project is no white horse
      Confirmation that construction of the long awaited Borders railway will start early next year has been hailed as brilliant news for the future prosperity of the region by Midlothian South Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame. For the full story please click here.
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    • 09/11/2012 - Ash disease find in Borders forest
      Officials conducting a survey for Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) say they have uncovered signs of the chalara ash dieback infection among trees at Eyemouth in the Borders. For the full story please click here.
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    • 08/11/2012 - MSP Visits Arniston
        Christine Grahame, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, visited member John Goffin at Arniston Estate on Friday 2 November to look at the many business interests that they have  in operation.  Ms Grahame spent the afternoon discussing the diversification projects, both underway and planned on the estate,
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    • 07/11/2012 - Teviot Valleys Tourism Survey
      A private-sector survey of marketing practices and opinions of accommodation providers in the new Teviot Valleys Special Landscape Area of the Scottish Borders has recently been published.  The report highlights that a major marketing opportunity is being lost by the Scottish tourism industry operating within the spectacularly
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    • 25/10/2012 - Royal reception celebrates Jubilee Woods
      The Woodland Trust Scotland hosted a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse with HRH The Princess Royal on Monday 22 October to celebrate the charity's Jubilee Woods project. Through this project six million trees will be planted across the UK to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and a wide range of private landowners, public
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    • 10/10/2012 - Jubilee Joy at Torwoodlee
      150 pupils from Borders primary schools planted almost 700 native trees at Buckholm Farm on Friday, 5th October marking the first stage in the creation of Halkburn Diamond Wood on Torwoodlee Estate near Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. Halkburn is one of 60 Diamond Woods being created across the UK as part of the Woodland Tr
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    • 26/09/2012 - SBC launch loan fund for small firms
      Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has approved the creation of a new Business Loan Fund to assist small businesses in the region.  The new £300,000 loan fund will complement the existing Scottish Borders Business Fund, which has provided 84 grants to local businesses. To view the full story and for contact details, please click
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    • 26/09/2012 - Driving Rural Business - SE Chairman launches new venture
      Scottish Land & Estates South East Chairman, Tony Stevenson, is well aware of the difficulties currently facing the rural economy - from landowners through to trade and professional businesses.  However, he has seen a gap in the market and has now pulled his past and present business experience in vehicle sales together to form
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    • 25/09/2012 - Visitor centre has an economic part to play
      Abbotsford House's new visitor centre has been praised by Scottish Secretary and local MP Michael Moore. The £4m centre, which opened last month, is seen as a key element in restoring Abbotsford to the key-visitor status that it once enjoyed. The full story can be viewed by clicking here.
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    • 25/09/2012 - Saintly venue brings history alive at Old Melrose
      Scottish Land & Estates member, William Younger of Ravenswood, has opened an interpretation centre following the rescue and restoration of the old stone built summerhouse.  This took place last week with children from local schools in attendance as guests of honour. The full story can be viewed by clicking here.
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    • 03/09/2012 - Visit to Denmark
      To most, tilting conjures up something which was carried out in medieval times by knights in shining armour.  It may therefore be a surprise to learn that tilting, or ringriding, is still carried out along with many traditional parades and music in South Jutland in Denmark. Recently, a delegation from the Borders visited Denma
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    • 13/08/2012 - Scottish Land & Estates member open new tents-only campsite
      A beautiful new campsite has been created in the Walled Garden at Spital Tower near Denholm in the Scottish Borders, set in the heart of the newly designated Special Landscape Area of Teviot Valleys. Set in an Edwardian Walled Garden on the slopes of Ruberslaw - an iconic Scottish Borders mountain - the campsite won points for
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    • 07/08/2012 - Police and SEPA on the trail of Galashiels flytippers
      Flytippers have been warned they face a hefty fine or jail if they are taken to court and convicted. The warning came from Scottish Borders Council after piles of unwanted household items were discovered in Duke Street, Galashiels, last month. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 03/08/2012 - Bursary support for young(er) Borderers across all aspects of our wide rural economy
      Celebrating the Bicentenary 1813-2013 As part of the Bicentennial year in 2013, the Border Union Agricultural Society wants to leave a legacy in the form of a Bursary Fund for young people engaged in the wider rural economy to offer opportunities for professional and vocational development. The Society has launched an appeal t
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    • 20/07/2012 - Stolen vehicle found destroyed in the Borders
      Police have issued a fresh appeal for information after a stolen quad bike was found destroyed in the Borders. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - Gamekeepers hit out at deer killers
      Wild roe deer are being slaughtered for fun by gangs armed with dogs, say gamekeepers on one of the Borders largest estates. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - Signals still unclear on charter trains
      Bosses at Transport Scotland have said charter trains will be able to run on the Edinburgh to Tweedbank rail line. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - Redefining Berwickshire's map of Special Landscape Areas
      For the best part of 50 years the Areas of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) in the Borders have remained the same but local Councillors have agreed to change the designation map. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - Opposition to 'monster turbines' is growing
      It was standing room only at Ayton Village Hall when the 'Oppose Blackmains' campaign called a meeting of local residents to discuss the proposed seven turbine wind farm. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - Rural crimes continue as rustling alert is issued
      Borders farmers have been warned that they are working in one of the most vulnerable areas for rustling, after cases of livestock thefts in Scotland rose by a staggering 166 per cent last year. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - Broadband boost for Tweedbank
      A better broadband service could be on the way for Tweedbank within a matter of weeks, British Telecom has confirmed. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - No temporary halt call on wind farm bids
      A temporary halt to wind farm applications would leave Scottish Borders Council open to expenses, which could run into thousands of pounds, according to the region's head of planning. The full article can be viewed by clicking here.
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    • 19/07/2012 - Berwick Film Festival
      Members may know about Berwick Film Festival already – part of its difference is that in addition to traditional screenings, it is a promenade event with projections, installations, and screenings all around the city walls and inside unusual settings like an ice house, a lighthouse, and even prison cells.  Screening over 40
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    • 25/05/2012 - Diamonds are forever at Borders Estate
      Torwoodlee and Buckholm Estate will be home to a prestigious Jubilee Wood, one of the flagship sites celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  A|ll part of the Woodland Trust's Jubilee Woods project. Halkburn Wood is one of 60 prominent new Diamond Woods - each of 60 acres - 20 of which are in Scotland.  Hundreds of smaller J
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    • 25/05/2012 - Adoption of Supplementary Planning Guidance on Affordable Housing and Developer Contributions - Mid Lothian
      At its 6 March 2012 Cabinet meeting, Mid Lothian Council approved supplementary planning guidance on Affordable Housing and Developer Contributions.  The documents can be viewed online by clicking here.
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    • 23/05/2012 - New long distance route from Helensburgh to Dunbar – are you on the John Muir Trail?
      A new long distance route, the John Muir Trail, is being developed by Scottish Natural Heritage working with local authorities.  The route will be promoted as part of Scotland’s Great Trails an initiative which Scottish Land & Estates highlighted to members in the Spring edition of LandBusiness. The aim is to use, as far as
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    • 13/04/2012 - Rural Q & A at Winton House
      Francis Ogilvy, of Winton Estate, recently hosted a Q & A session entitled 'A bright future for the Lothians?' which drew a large audience of landowners, rural businessmen, government policy makers and analysts.  Visitors put their questions to a panel of four including Dr Alan Renwick, Head of Land Economy at SAC, Paul Wheelh
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    • 03/04/2012 - GWCT—East Lothian Farm is tops for grey partridges
      THE 2011 Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Dodseed Grey Partridge Trophy has been awarded to Scottish Land & Estates member Jamie Younger in recognition of their activities on Baro Farm near Gifford in support of wild grey partridge conservation. The magnificent life-sized bronze grey partridge was presented just before the Ne
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    • 26/03/2012 - Deal puts £300m Borders railway on track
      Plans for a £300 million railway linking the Borders to Edinburgh have had a major boost after a deal was struck with a contractor to build the line. The full article can be viewed by clicking here
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    • 06/02/2012 - National Forest Land Scheme
      To members in Ettrick and Yarrow As many of you may be aware, the Forestry Commission have been looking at ways to generate hydro power on the existing National Forest Land. Scotland was divided into three lots and Hydro companies were asked to bid for the development of small scale hydro power generators. A company called Br
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    • 03/02/2012 - Concerns Over Delay In Funding To Rural Borders Business
      Local MSP John Lamont has expressed concerns over a delay in Scottish Government funding to local land-based business, Spital Tower Estate, in the Scottish Borders. The Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs Committee Member visited Spital Tower, near Denholm, last week to discuss the estate’s planned investment in the local econo
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    • 20/01/2012 - SBC - Business Excellence Awards
      Entries are being sought now for this year's Business Excellence Awards in the Scottish Borders. The awards aim to acknowledge and showcase business success and entrepreneurial activity across the Scottish Borders. Eight categories have been chosen reflecting the diversity of local businesses. Entry is free and the closing da
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    • 16/01/2012 - Proposed Neart Na Gaoithe Windfarm
      Environmental Impact Assessment of the Onshore Works Mainstream Renewable Power is proposing to develop an offshore windfarm in the Firth of Forth called Neart na Gaoithe, 15km off the coast of Fife.  The windfarm will require electrical connection by means of a cable from the windfarm to a suitable substation and grid connect
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    • 24/11/2011 - Broadband funding for South of Scotland
      Funding worth £5million was this week announced by Infrastructure and Capital Investment Secretary Alex Neil to help kick-start a South of Scotland Alliance (SOSA) project which aims to deliver Next Generation broadband across the region by 2020. Mr Neil said: "We have set out our ambition for all of Scotland to have access t
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    • 24/11/2011 - Quad bike theft - help needed
      3 Honda and Kawasaki quad bikes were stolen from farms in the Broughton, Stobo and Eddleston area, near to Waterheads, overnight on Tuesday 22 November and Wednesday 23 November. It is suspected that the culprits may have hidden the quads and returned during the following days to uplift them.  Lothian & Borders Police are as
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    • 14/11/2011 - SESplan Strategic Development Plan Authority - Proposed Plan
      SESplan has launched a Period of Representations on the Proposed Plan, Action Programme and Environmental Report and welcomes views until 5pm on the 19th of December 2011. During this time, you can view the documents and supporting Technical Notes on this website or at public libraries and Council Planning Receptions. SESplan
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    • 31/10/2011 - Local MSP drops in on Bowhill Estate
      South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume visited Buccleuch's Bowhill Estate on Monday 24 October to learn more about the latest activities taking place on the Borders landmark and discuss matters of rural policy likely to affect the estate's productivity. The Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Mem
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    • 17/10/2011 - Full consultation promised over first community windfarm
      A comprehensive consultation across the TD7 (Selkirk area) postcode will be undertaken regarding the possibility of the first community windfarm.  The full article can be viewed by clicking here.
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    • 12/10/2011 - Funding Opportunity for Community Groups in the South East region
      Grants for small scale, community led projects delivering the green network are now available through the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Community Projects Fund.  The fund is being adminstered by regional green network partner organisations and the Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership is administering applications f
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    • 12/10/2011 - Way Clear for Borders Railway
      The Borders Railway is to be delivered by Network Rail in a new rail industry partnership aimed at achieving best value for money.  The full article can be viewed by clicking here.
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    • 23/08/2011 - River Tweed plea to kill humpback pink salmon
      Anglers in the Borders have been urged to kill and report any pink salmon seen in the region’s waters.  Two male fish, with distinctive humped backs, have been caught recently and this has prompted the Tweed Foundation to issue the plea to anglers to help stop the spread of the Pacific fish, which are an alien species in the
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    • 18/08/2011 - River Tweed doesn’t find favour with SNH
       The condition of the River Tweed has been described as poor in a Scottish Natural Heritage report. The government wildlife conservation agency said almost two-thirds of the river and its indicators are in an “unfavourable” state in a national survey of more than 5,000 natural features and important species. Among those f
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    • 12/08/2011 - Landscape guidelines dropped despite lobby group’s criticism
      Special additional planning guidelines for designed landscapes were rejected by councillors at a meeting earlier this month, writes Sally Gillespie. Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee agreed to drop the council’s proposal to introduce extra guidance for gardens and designed landscapes when considering plans.  
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    • 29/07/2011 - NEW AGRICULTURE AWARDS LAUNCHED IN SCOTTISH BORDERS
      Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is launching the new 'Scottish Borders Agricultural Awards' at the Border Union Show on Friday 29 July. The awards will highlight, celebrate and reward those farm businesses that are at the forefront of the development of the industry. They will support agricultural competitiveness by encouraging a
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    • 11/07/2011 - Scottish Enterprise Programme Summary: Rural Business Support 2009-13
      Scottish Enterprise Rural Property Support Programme Scottish Enterprise has a grant programme aimed at priority sectors (including food, tourism), for more information click on the PDF below.
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    • 05/07/2011 - Glentress Peel now open
      Forestry Commission Scotland’s new visitor centre in Glentress Forest, nr Peebles, is fully open for business. The new state-of-the-art development, known as Glentress Peel, will cater for the 300,000 plus visitors that flock to the forest every year, making it the top tourist attraction in the Borders. All built on fully su
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    • 21/06/2011 - SEPA begin ‘one-to-one’ farm visits in Eye Water Priority Catchment
      “SEPA staff are now undertaking the next phase of the work in the Eye Water Priority Catchment, when they will be assessing the diffuse pollution risk from land use activities on individual farms.  As well as the land based assessment, the pollution risk from farm steadings will also be assessed.   If issues are found, the
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    • 12/06/2011 - Premium Peebles Plan
      A MAN who aims to make Peeblesshire the major go-to area for wildlife started work this week. He is Eddie Sharp, the Kailzie Local Area Wildlife Education and Discovery (KLAWED) project officer. To read more click here.
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