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Volunteers needed at historic Borders castle

The historic Thirlestane Castle Credit: Phil Wilkinson

People are being asked to volunteer ahead of the reopening of a historic castle in the Borders.

Thirlestane Castle in Lauder will be open to the public in a couple of months.

The volunteer group, Friends of Thirlestane, provide information on the castle's history and the Maitland family who have resided in the castle since 1590 to visitors.

Charitable Trust, which own and manage the castle, say they rely on an income from tourists and visitors.

The Friends are an invaluable part of Thirlestane Castle. Without them, we would not be able to share this beautiful castle with quite so many people.

– Edward Maitland-Carew, resident trustee

Volunteers are not required to have previous experience.

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Cally Temple restored to former glory

Cally Temple has been given a facelift by community volunteers Credit: ITV Border

A community project to turn a dilapidated building into a visitor attraction has reached a milestone.

Cally Temple near Gatehouse of Fleet was first built in 1779, but had been left to go to ruin.

Now thanks to a group of community volunteers it has been restored to its former glory.

The Gatehouse Development Initiative has been working to conserve the building, and now the scaffolding has finally come off.

The National Trust in Cumbria wants volunteers

Volunteers at Wordsworth House making a traditional 'proddy' rug using rags Credit: ITV Border

The National Trust in Cumbria is looking for new volunteers to help show off the area's scenery and attractions to visitors, tourists and locals.

Around 150 people already donate their time and energy at Wordsworth House and Garden, in Cockermouth, in the Borrowdale and Buttermere valleys, Ennerdale and on the Whitehaven coast.

But the Trust is looking for more volunteers.

"If you're retired or recently moved to the Cockermouth or Keswick area, volunteering with the National Trust is a great way to get to know people and help visitors make the most of their time in the North Lakes.

"And if you're looking to return to paid employment, to transfer into the heritage or conservation sector, or to get some broad-based work experience, it'll be an invaluable addition to your CV."

– Zoe Gilbert, Manager of Wordsworth House and Garden
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