River Tweed's growing island threat

People are trying to get a gravel island that's grown on the River Tweed removed. It's thought that if it continues to grow it could cause trees on the bank to fall, which may damage Tweed bridge.

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Divided opinion about Tweed island

Opinion is divided in a Borders town, over an island which has formed naturally in the River Tweed over the last 20 years.

It's been described by some as an eyesore, and there are calls for it to be removed. Other people say it's a part of nature, and to remove it could damage the wildlife.

Jenny Longden reports.

Opposing views in running river debate

A gravel island on the River Tweed is at the centre of a debate on whether it should be removed or left alone.

Some consider it a danger to the surroundings. It's said that the continued growth of the island could lead to erosion of the river bank, which could result in the trees falling down and the potential damage of Tweed Bridge.

Others believe that nature should be left alone or dealt with at a later date:

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Tweed island is 'unsightly'

People in Peebles are being asked if they want a gravel island removed from the River Tweed.

Some people fear that it could erode the river bank and cause the trees to fall down. However, environmentalists says that clearing away the island would not be sustainable and would affect wildlife.

Find out the three main reasons why people want the island removed:

Residents channel thoughts on Tweed island

The River Tweed is 97 miles long and flows primarily through the Scottish Borders Credit: PA

Locals in Peebles are becoming concerned about what to do about an island that has formed naturally in the River Tweed.

Some people are calling for the Tweed island to be removed - but others say it's a part of nature and removing it would be detrimental to wildlife.

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