Woodland named after Duns resident

Dawn McNeil with her children and husband unveiling the memorial plaque.
Dawn McNeil with her children and husband unveiling the memorial plaque.

A special ceremony to name a woodland area near Oldhamstocks the John Bruce Elliot Woods took place last week.

Trees have been planted on the site at Woodlands, Oldhamstock in memory of a former chair and trustee of Berwickshire Housing Association, John Elliot from Duns, who died last year.

Over 40 guests were present at the ceremony including family, friends, representatives from BHA, members of the Duns Walkers Group and representatives from other local organisations.

John Elliot was very much involved in the setting up of BHA and joined the board in September 2007 as a tenant board member. At that time he was also a district councillor and the chairman of the Berwickshire & North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site Management Group.

John had an overwhelming passion for the community he lived in and was instrumental in the planning of BHA’s Hoprigshiels wind farm.

Helen Forsyth, chief executive of BHA said: “BHA felt this was a very appropriate memorial and fitting legacy in gratitude of his long years of voluntary service to the community and of his championing of sustainability.

“The Hoprigshiels Community Windfarm would not have come to fruition without his determination”.

BHA is one of the first housing associations in the UK to develop its own community wind farm producing enough power for around 6,000 homes, and income to build around 20 homes a year.