£7,000 boost for a Heart for Duns

Heart for Duns volunteers planting spring bulbs in the the public park last year.
Heart for Duns volunteers planting spring bulbs in the the public park last year.

A Heart for Duns is one of 103 community, arts and sports organisations across Scotland set to share £750,000 of the latest round of National Lottery Awards for All funding.

Duns will be a more colourful place to live, thanks to the award of £7,150, which will help volunteers, old and young, to come together to help maintain flowerbeds and displays throughout the town.

Convener Derek Janes said: “This award will make all the difference to our work allowing us to involve far more people in active gardening.

“The new poly-tunnel will allow us to grow our own plants and offer a safe working environment for people who may not feel comfortable working outside.”

A Heart for Duns is a community group of volunteers formed in 2012 to safeguard the future of the town’s volunteer hall by taking over its management, later extending its remit to maintain and develop vibrancy in Duns.

A Heart for Duns was among six successful applications from the Scottish Borders.

Lauder Brownies got £3,450, Borders Scrap Store £10,000, Hawick Harlequins RFC £3,500, Peebles Golf Club £10,000 and the Lavender Touch charity £10,000.

An Awards for All spokesman said: “All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All.

“National Lottery money is helping to change lives across Scotland’s communities.”