Borders flood prevention project moves step forward

A project to prevent flooding in Eddleston and Peebles by putting the bends back into a river has taken a step forward today.

Tweed Forum "delighted" with Ministerial visit

"We are delighted that the Minister took the time to see the restoration work going on the Eddleston.

"This is just one part of a long-term effort to restore the river and its catchment and measure the effects this has on reducing flood risk.

"Working with farmers and land owners we have brought about out wide scale planting of native trees in the headwaters, built flow restrictors and log jams, created wetlands and improved river habitats, including re-meandering and enhancement of the main river."

– Luke Comins, Director of Tweed Forum

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Bends 'put back' into river

A project to prevent flooding in Eddleston and Peebles by putting the bends back into a river has taken a step forward today.

The Eddleston Water, which flows into the River Tweed, was straightened 200 years ago so a road could be built.

It is now being returned to its original meandering shape and it is hoped that the long-term project will prevent flooding in hotspots further downstream.

"The Scottish Government is committed to working with nature to manage the sources of flooding, and protect the environment. Natural flood management is an essential part of a sustainable approach to flood risk management and the Eddleston Water project will help us develop our knowledge base.

"It will help us assess how wetlands, woodlands and land use can lower the flood risk for communities like Eddleston Village and Peebles and also restore natural habitats to the river."

– Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scotland's Environment Minister