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Parks in our region are among the best in Britain

Four open spaces in Cumbria and one in Dumfries and Galloway have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Green Flag awards in Cumbria go to:

  • Chances Park in Carlisle
  • Silloth Green
  • Penrith Cemetery
  • Alston Cemetery

In Dumfries and Galloway, Dock Park has become the first park in the south of Scotland to be given the award. A £2 million refurbishment of the park was completed earlier this year and it was officially opened in May by the earl of Wessex.

We asked people what they think of the park since its upgrade.

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D&G visitors centre to receive a share of £5m

The visitors centre will receive a share of £5m
The visitors centre will receive a share of £5m Credit: ITV Border

The Environment and Climate Change minister Paul Wheelhouse will be at a visitor centre in Dumfries and Galloway later today to highlight how the new building is helping the local economy.

The visitor centre at Kirroughtree is just one of three centres in the Galloway Park to receive a share of nearly £5 million.

New initiative to fill skills shortage in dairy sector

A new project to help fill a skills shortage in the dairy industry is being launched in Dumfries and Galloway.

Farm owners and school leavers are being encouraged to take part in the scheme and help develop the next generation of farmers.

Young people will be paid for the work they do and it's hoped they'll develop a life long passion for the industry.

Lori Carnochan has been to a farm to find out more.

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D&G park wins first award for south of Scotland

Dock Park in Dumfries and Galloway has won the prestigious Green Flag Award.

It's one of 58 places in Scotland and the first park in the south of Scotland to be given the award.

The Green Flag is the benchmark for a quality green space and is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Volunteer judges, with backgrounds in areas such as parks management, conservation or ecology, assess the park against eight criteria:

  • welcoming
  • healthy, safe and secure
  • clean and well-maintained
  • sustainable
  • manages conservation and heritage
  • community involvement
  • markets itself
  • good management

A £2 million regeneration of Dock Park was completed earlier this year.

It was officially opened in May by the Earl of Wessex and now boasts a new mini gold area, a refurbished play park and new toilet facilities.

Over the past few years it had gradually fallen into disrepair, but it has now been restored to its former glory.

The bandstand has been the focal point of the park since the 19th century.
The bandstand has been the focal point of the park since the 19th century Credit: ITV Border
The new bowling green in Dock Park
The new bowling green in Dock Park Credit: ITV Border

“This is wonderful news for Dumfries and the wider region, and is testament to the investment which has gone into regenerating Dock Park over the last few years. Dock Park is now blazing a trail for other parks in Dumfries and Galloway, and we hope that more parks win a Green Flag in future years.

“All over Scotland people are caring for their towns, cities and green spaces. Whether it’s through Green Flag or our other programmes such as Clean Up Scotland and Beautiful Scotland, local people are raising the bar and making their communities great places to live in.”

– Derek Robertson, Chief Executive, Keep Scotland Beautiful

'Dairy Skills Initiative' to help young people

The project will help young people learn more about dairy farming
The project will help young people learn more about dairy farming Credit: PA

A new project to help address skills shortages in the dairy sector in Dumfries and Galloway has been launched.

Young people just leaving school with no previous farm experience will be offered 12 week placements on a local farm under the 'Dairy Skills Initiative' set up by Scotland's Rural College and NFU Scotland.

Trainees will get involved in the wide range of practical work involved in running a busy dairy farm.

Countdown to Special Olympics Games begins

It’s 50 days until the Special Olympics European Summer Games take place in Antwerp in Belgium when two of our region’s athletes will join 47 others as team GB.

Emma Birley, from Castlemilk in Lockerbie and Samuel Pattinson from Gretna will both compete in swimming events.

Our hopefuls will take part among more than 2,000 other athletes with learning disabilities.

The week-long games, that start on Saturday 13 September, will see athletes from 58 European countries take part in ten events:

  • Athletics
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Bocce
  • Badminton
  • Unified Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Judo
  • Table Tennis
  • Swimming

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

For more information go to www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk.

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