Gamekeepers’ tribute to ambulance crews beside the Greenlaw to Duns road

Gamekeepers on Greenlaw Moor in the Scottish Borders decided to show solidarity with hard working health workers after counting the ambulances passing them on the Duns road.

By Kevin McRoberts
Thursday, 16th April 2020, 1:31 pm
The gamekeepers' tribute to the NHS, particularly the ambulance crews on the Greenlaw to Duns road.
The gamekeepers' tribute to the NHS, particularly the ambulance crews on the Greenlaw to Duns road.

Head Gamekeeper Jamie Goodall and Tom Wilson realised how much busier the road adjacent to their ground had become with emergency vehicles during the Covid-19 crisis.

Whilst carrying out agreed heather cutting, the pair were spotting eight or nine ambulances at a time and decided to express their moral support for the passing crews.

At this time of year, the gamekeepers would normally have been carrying out legal muirburn.

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An aerial view of their tribute.

However, the dry weather meant their estate had voluntarily stopped muir burning on March 26.

The gamekeepers applied to Scottish Natural Heritage for a derogation to cut 20 acres of heather instead, on the protected moor site, with stands of rank heather becoming a fire hazard in the warmer Spring weather.

And after getting the work done, they decided to put their swipe and mower to use, to show their unity with the passing ambulance service workers; cutting the letters NHS into the hillside.

“An area of the ground we were working on is adjacent to the Greenlaw to Duns road and we were chatting about the number of ambulances we were seeing compared to before,” said Jamie Goodall, a member of Southern Uplands Moorland Group.

“At times there were eight or nine ambulances in the period we were working. It was when we were talking about it, we decided it would be a good idea to use the mower to cut the words into the hill for when they were passing by.

“Hopefully they can see it and will feel their work is being appreciated by us all.”