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Watch Border Life Online. Monday 6th July 2015.

Emma Baker climbs to Loch Skene - the highest upland loch in the Southern Uplands - and discovers that volunteers play a vital role in keeping the route open for visitors. On her way she passes the Grey Mare’s Tail, the fifth highest waterfall in Britain. We then witness the transformation of an open cast coal mine to an amazing garden inspired by space, astronomy and cosmology. Fiona Maxwell visits the Crawick Multiverse just before it opens. Finally, the pine forests of Glentress are home to one of Europe’s longest mountain bike trails. Jenny Longden hones her biking skills on a special ‘ladies only’ weekend course.

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Borders Hospital to be criticised in report

Borders General Hospital Credit: ITV Border

A report due to published today is expected to criticise hygiene and cleanliness at the Borders General Hospital.

The Health Environment Inspectorate report will be particularly critical of conditions in operating theatres.

An action plan to improve cleaning techniques at the hospital has already been put in place.

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Campaign against St Abbs lifeboat closure

Nearly three hundred people have taken part in a protest against the planned closure of the Lifeboat Station in St Abbs. The RNLI wants to shut the station at the end of this summer, after reviewing the use of its services over the last decade. But the village community say they won't give it up without a fight. Jenny Longden reports

Lifeboat station is 'heart of St Abbs'

Nearly 300 people took part in the protest walk Credit: ITV Border

Local people took to the streets of St Abbs to demonstrate against the closure of their lifeboat station.

14 crew members and other volunteers at the station are from the local area.

Those taking part in the protest said the station is the heart of the community.

Credit: ITV Border

The RNLI said:

The difficult decision to close St Abbs lifeboat station was taken over five years and based, amongst other things, on data going back further than ten years. The RNLI acknowledges the strength of feeling that there is within the community and this is demonstrated by the walk

– RNLI Spokesman
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