Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, visited the Eddleston Water Project last week, meeting key people from the project partnership and viewing current work to restore a stretch of the river that was straightened over 200 years ago.
Tweed Forum have been working with local contractors, Glendinning Groundworks, and with cbec eco-engineering, to put the bends back into a section of river that has been flowing in a straight line for over two centuries. This will not only increase the river length but also the diversity of habitats within the river and along its banks, with knock on benefits for the likes of salmon and otters.
The Project partnership were delighted that the Minister took the time to see the current restoration work on the Eddleston. However, this is just one part of a long-term effort to restore the river and its catchment and measure the effects this has on reducing flood risk. Working with farmers and land owners the Project has brought about out wide-scale planting of native trees in the headwaters, built flow restrictors and log jams, created wetlands and improved river habitats, including re-meandering and enhancement of the main river.
The work has been funded by a number of bodies including Scottish Government, SEPA and the Water Environment Fund and you can watch a video of the day here http://youtu.be/41BmWtvIkSY.
Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, opens the new meandering channel.
The Eddleston Water Project Partnership join the Minister.
(Front, left to right: Scott McColm, Glendinning Groundworks’ top digger driver; Hugh Chalmers, Tweed Forum; Luke Comins, Tweed Forum; Hamish Moir, Cbec Ecoengineering; Prof. Chris Spray, University of Dundee; Debi Garft, Scottish Government; Bob McIntosh, Forestry Commission; Bob Kay, Tweed Forum; Paul Wheelhouse. Back: Minister for Environment and Climate Change)