£200,000 rural cash boost for Hoardweel

A TOTAL of £1.25 million has been ploughed into the Borders agricultural and forestry industries through the Scottish Government’s Rural Priorities funding.

The biggest Borders award went to Duns-based Hoardwheel Farm Partners who received more than £200,000.

Others to benefit include woodland projects on the Roxburghe (£155,400) and Lothian (£120,250) estates.

South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse, who is also Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change, said: “This is great news for the successful Scottish Borders farms and forestry businesses and provides them with essential funding for diverse issues such as new woodland planting in Selkirk, investing in local farmland and measures to protect native red squirrels as a priority species.

“The SRDP funding scheme has delivered a total of £568 million to thousands of projects across Scotland since its inception five years ago and I am delighted that the Scottish Borders is benefitting so greatly from this.

“Our local communities in Berwickshire and Roxburgh are benefitting from this funding alongside the businesses being supported and I look forward to seeing the fruits of this investment in situ in the future.”