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Scottish Borders funding for rural development

More than one-million pounds in funding has been awarded to the Scottish Borders region from the Scottish Government Rural Priorities programme.

The Scottish Rural Development Programme led scheme is currently awarding £19 million across the country, of which the Scottish Borders will receive £1.25 million, to help boost agricultural and forestry industries.

"This is great news for the successful Scottish Borders farms and forestry businesses and provides them with essential funding for diverse issues such as new woodland planting in Selkirk, investing in local farmland and measures to protect native red squirrels as a priority species.

"The SRDP funding scheme has delivered a total of £568 million to thousands of projects across Scotland since its inception five years ago and I am delighted that the Scottish Borders is benefitting so greatly from this."

– Paul Wheelhouse, SNP MSP for South Scotland