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Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park cafe halted

A cafe in Hawick's Wilton Lodge Park that was meant to open back in April has had its open date delayed until the start of February.

The café is part of a £3.6m regeneration project, funded by Scottish Borders Council and The Big Lottery Fund. New facilities in the park include a children's play area, cycle paths, an upgraded bandstand and a walled garden.

However, the cafe building has been unoccupied, and will remain closed for a further three months.

Councillor Stuart Marshall says local residents are not happy with the delays:


A bit of a buzz in Hawick

The bee artwork in Wilton Lodge Park Credit: ITV Border

Bee artwork made from recycled materials has been unveiled at Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, to mark the start of a festival celebrating the insect.

The Year of the Bee will include events aimed at creating a welcoming habitat for bees and recording their numbers.

Bumblebees are under threat in the UK, due to changes in the countryside.

Volunteers wanted at Wilton Lodge Park

The Wilton Lodge Park Project in Hawick are appealing for volunteers.

The search comes as the Park and Hawick's Museum undergo a £3.6million regeneration, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Borders Council.

Two volunteer introductory events will be held at the museum on the 26 February, between 1pm and 3pm, and 2 March from 2pm until 4pm.

They will give locals the chance to find out more about volunteer opportunities at the park

“We are excited about the possibilities that the regeneration project for the park will bring. From the walled garden to events in the park, we hope there will be a number of ways in which people can invest their time and talents.

– Lisa Brydon, Volunteer Co-ordinator

Milestones for the project include a new bandstand in late spring 2014, a refurbished walled garden and new exhibition gallery in 2015, followed by a new café and a children’s play area by the end of the five-year initiative.

Full Report: Million pound boost for Wilton Lodge Park

It's been described as one of the most picturesque parks anywhere in the country, and now Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick is getting a multi million pounds makeover.

Thanks mostly to a national lottery grant, just under three and a half million pounds is due to be spent on improving the park.

But the work can't begin until the local council find their own share of the funding.

Watch the full report from John Bevir below.

Improvement works will begin in 2013

The historic Gilbert Davidson Fountain which will be renovated Credit: ITV Border

Wilton Park Lodge, in Hawick, has received a grant of more than £2.6 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve and restore the park.

The park attracts almost a quarter of a million visitors annually, and it's hoped that the improvements will help increase visitor trade to the park and the town.

Initial improvements proposals include restoring the bandstand and fountain, and introducing a new play park, café and footbridge.

The Hawick Museum will also be refurbished as part of the new scheme

Keith Johnston, Secretary of Friends of Wilton Lodge Park and Cllr David Paterson Credit: ITV Border

Keith Johnston from Friends of Wilton Lodge Park said:

"We are delighted that we have been an integral part of this successful project and look forward to work starting in 2013 to improve the park."


Cash bonanza to transform historic Hawick park

A picturesque park in Hawick has received almost £2.7 million in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The cash boost will help improve leisure facilities at Wilton Lodge Park, on the outskirts of the town.

Plans are being proposed to create an 'Outdoor Heart of Hawick' in the park by replacing missing key features such as the former bandstand.

A new play park, cafe and footbridge are also being propose, as well as restoring existing war memorials and fountains.

The project is expected to start in the summer of 2013, with a completion date of spring 2018.