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Hope that Tour of Britain will boost Borders' reputation

The first stage of the event finished in the town yesterday afternoon Credit: ITV Border

Community leaders in Kelso hope the Tour of Britain will boost the Borders' reputation internationally. The first stage of the event finished in the town yesterday afternoon, Sunday 3 September. It was shown live on ITV 4:

Not only is it bringing people in but there'll be great footage that's going to be seen around the world. They'll hopefully see what we've got to offer and come for other events."

– Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council

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Public asked to help shape the development of key woodland areas in the Borders

The first meeting is at Peebles Show on 12 August. Credit: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is seeking views on the future management of the Tweed Valley Forest Park.

The feedback will help form a new land management plan for the area over the next 10 years. FES is particularly keen to hear from community groups, mountain bikers, walkers, horse riders or anyone else who uses the forests for recreation and enjoyment.

In creating the plan we would welcome as much feedback as possible on what users and stakeholders would like to see happen and how we can maximise this precious natural resource.

We'd like to know what people feel is special about the Tweed Valley Forest Park, where they might visit and how they use it. And most importantly, we would like to know if groups want to get more involved and help us develop the forests for the future."

– John Ogilvie, Planning Forester, the Borders

The Tweed Valley Forest Park is made up of seven forests - Cademuir, Glentress, Cardrona, Caberston, Elibank & Traquair, Thornielee and Yaireach.

A number of meetings are scheduled to take place across the region starting at Peebles Show on 12 August.

Motor sport safety update

Changes outlined to keep motor sport spectators in Scotland safe Credit: ITV Border

The Motor Sport Event Safety Review Group has today released its initial findings on how to improve rally safety.

The Group was commissioned by the Scottish Government following the deaths of three spectators at the Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders in May.

The group, led by former world motor racing champion Sir Jackie Stewart, is recommending that organisers and partners take the following steps to improve safety:

  • For each rally, an independent safety delegate should be responsible for the safety of staff, volunteers and spectators;
  • Both an event spectator safety officer and an event safety car should be used at multi-venue stage rallies;
  • Further consideration of improvements to training for rally marshals;
  • Improve safety messages given to the public;
  • Better ensure and promote the safety of media attending rallies.

Borderers dominate Scotland rugby sevens squad

This weekend Scotland 7's squad will be in Australia for the start of the IRB World 7's series.

Of the 12 players selected, seven have Borders connections and new coach Calum McRae is himself a Borderer.

Stuart Cameron went along to meet the lucky dozen, appropriately at the home of 7's in Melrose.

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