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Full report: Milestone for mining in south of Scotland

A major restoration project has been launched at one of the biggest open cast coal mines in the south of Scotland.

Sixty jobs will be created as part of a project to landscape the mine near Kirkconnel and turn it into a renewable energy park.

The fate of the site was uncertain after the mining firm who used to operate it collapsed last year.

Kathryn Samson reports:


Glenmucklock open cast mine restoration begins

The Duke of Buccleuch with the Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing Credit: ITV News Border

The Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing is joining the Duke of Buccleuch to officially open a restoration project at the Glenmuckloch open cast mine in Dumfriesshire.

Work at the open cast mine in Kirkconnel was halted last year but has now resumed, and it is hopeful that the new project will help develop further energy provision schemes for Scotland.

A group of workers at the Glenmuckloch launch Credit: ITV News Border

The project will create 60 jobs during the restoration phase, which will include the creation of a lake and extensive forestation to enable carbon capture.

Dumfriesshire woman lives on £1 a day

A woman from Bargrennan, near Newton Stewart, is living on £1 a day for five days to raise awareness of extreme poverty.

Ruby Marr is taking part in the "Live Below the Line" challenge, which is a campaign taking place in the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA simultaneously, with more than 20,000 people spending 5 days living below the line.

Mrs Marr has been raiding the reduced sections of the local supermarktes and grocery stores to try and find the cheapest food available.

She is raising money for UNICEF an has been finding the task harder than she first thought.

"In today's world, extreme poverty and inequality are unjustifiable and unfair. Live Below the Line demonstrates the problem in a concrete way, while raising money to address the problem.

"I have been browsing the supermarket shelves, buying the odd item to stick in the freezer - but seriously, to eat well, on £5 for five days, is indeed a challenge.

"It has been quite a learning curve price comparing. I am sure, after all of this is over, my weekly grocery bill will drop dramatically."

– Ruby Marr


Greyhound charity to re-home 800th dog

A charity, which finds homes for ex-racing greyhounds, is marking its ten year anniversary. And the Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue charity has something else to celebrate - staff there are about to re-home their 800th dog.

Adopted greyhounds in Carlisle Credit: ITV

Members of the charity brought their adopted dogs to an anniversary event today at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle.

Good support for 'Destination Dumfries and Galloway'

Marshall Swalwell supports the idea Credit: ITV Border

Marshall Swalwell runs the Auchenlairie Caravan Park for 26 years and is a big supporter of Destination D and G, he told our reporter Ryan Dollard:

"At my Caravan Park we have a return rate of more than 80 per cent. That tells you that once people have experienced a holiday here they like it."

He added: "We just need to come together to get more people to make that first trip. Getting together as an industry we can market the total package we have to offer better. "

Tourism conference shares ideas about how to get more visitors to D&G

Wilma Finlay, Chair of Destination D and G: Credit: ITV Border

Wilma Finlay said:"We need to get together and really let people know what a fantastic area this is to visit. We have beautiful scenery, stunning coastline and so many activities for all ages."

She added: "If we can persuade people to make the effort to give Galloway a chance I know they'll come back time and time again."

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