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Grant for green-fingered volunteers

The young volunteers. Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

A group of young volunteers who spend their time tending to community gardens in Leswalt have been handed more than £700.

They applied to D&G Youthbank for £152.92 to fund new tools and equipment for the upkeep of Aldouran Wetland Gardens, and were successful.

They also received £597.08 for a shed to house the equipment.

Aldouran Wetland Gardens project is a wonderful example of how people of all ages can work together to create something the whole community can enjoy and be proud of.

The young volunteers have shown enthusiasm and dedication to this project and should be congratulated on their successful funding bid to D&G Youthbank."

– Councillor Marion McCutcheon, Wigtown Area Committee Chairperson

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Trailer stolen in Scottish Borders

Police are appealing for witnesses.

A trailer worth £4,000 has been stolen in the Scottish Borders.

The 12-foot Ifor Williams livestock trailer was taken from Falla Hill Farm, in Heriot, at between 6pm Sunday 22 March and 6:30am the following morning.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland:

"Whoever took the trailer would have either had to load it onto a very large transport vehicle, or attached it to an appropriate car or van to be towed.

"As such, we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Fala Hill, Heriot area between Sunday evening or Monday morning.

"In addition, anyone who believes they know the current location of the trailer is also asked to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Bryan Burns

LDNP confident they'll find responsible buyers

The Lake District National Park Authority says it hasn't sold Stickle Tarn because the bids it received were not 'responsible'.

The plot of land in Langdale was one of 8 up for sale and has met fierce opposition from campaigners.

"The Lake District National Park Authority has now clarified that Friends of the Lake District is one of a number of ‘interested groups’ with whom they will be ‘exploring alternative responsible ownership for Stickle Tarn....in the coming weeks’. We welcome the prospect of discussion with the National Park Authority, the local community and other interested groups to discuss the future of this iconic tarn for future generations.

"We are very pleased at the prospect of these discussions and look forward to playing a key role in ensuring that Stickle Tarn remains protected. However, being a responsible charity we will seek expert advice as to our potential liabilities before making any final commitment."

– Spokesperson for The Lake District National Park Authority

Long Bridge at Portinscale and Lady Wood at White Moss, near Rydal, have been sold and the Authority is still looking for buyers for the other 6.

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The Mighty Deerstalker race

Ten years ago an adventure events company was given a brief of showcasing all that the Borders has to offer to a greater number of tourists.

They came up with The Mighty Deerstalker - an obstacle race, run over rough terrain, up and down hills, and through rivers.

300 people came to the first run - a decade on there were around 3000 taking part. Fiona Marley Paterson was among them.

"It's reassuring that these people are nice in real life"

The bike was hired to Damian Lewis by Dan Richards of Lake District Cycling.

He has launched a new scheme to provide cycle hire from Penrith and Oxenholme stations in association with Virgin Trains. The cycle store at Oxenholme station was funded by Go Lakes, the tourism organisation which promotes the Lake District.

Damian Lewis and his friends were Dan's first customers.

"I was blown over because he was so lovely. He is a nice, decent, normal guy. It's reassuring that these people are nice in real life."

– Dan Richards

Dan also revealed that he tried to stop Damian Lewis paying for the bike, saying the publicity would be payment enough, but he and his friends insisted on giving him the money.

'Homeland' and 'Wolf Hall' actor visits Lake District

Damian Lewis and Dan Richards at Penrith Railway Station Credit: Dan Richards

The 'Homeland' and 'Wolf Hall' actor, Damian Lewis, has been in the Lake District for the weekend enjoying a mountain-biking and running holiday.

Local people were amazed to see the actor arriving at Penrith railway station on Saturday, where he collected the mountain bike he was hiring. He was holidaying with four others, believed to be friends from school.

The group cycled to Glenridding on Ullswater before running up and down England's third highest mountain, Helvellyn, in wintry conditions.

They stayed overnight in a small Penrith pub before heading home on Sunday morning.

Warning for boat owners on Windermere

Windermere Credit: ITV Border

Boat owners on Windermere are being warned to carry out safety checks on their vessels and make sure they're in full working order ahead of the boating season.

The warning from lake wardens follows the 2013 Windermere tragedy when a mother and daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning because of a faulty generator on a private boat.

SLDC Lake Warden Martin Dodgson explained the most common problem the wardens are called out to are over-heated engines after winterisation.

He says it is essential to have all engines checked and serviced.

"A boat's fuel, gas and electrical systems should be checked and maintained on a regular basis. It is important to make sure there is fresh fuel in the engine after it has been unused for a prolonged period of time.

"Alarms and sensors should always be re-installed and tested after winterisation; all boats should have fire alarms and carbon monoxide sensors."

– SLDC Lake Warden Martin Dodgson

SLDC's Lake Wardens have this boat check list:

  • Check the water tank
  • Test carbon monoxide sensor
  • Check the skin fitting
  • Check gas and electrical systems -check them regularly and make sure there are no leaks
  • Check the engine and have it serviced
  • Check life jackets and make sure theyare in date - check them annually
  • Test smoke alarms - fire can spreadquickly on a boat, even on water
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