Volunteers sought for park plan

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TERIES are being invited to get involved in the multi-million pound regeneration of Wilton Lodge Park.

The £3.64million programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Borders Council, will be the focus of information events at the museum on Wednesday (1-3pm) and Sunday, March 2 (2-4pm), and give locals the chance to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Newly appointed volunteer co-ordinator Lisa Brydon says coming forward could mean a range of opportunities to help. “From the Walled Garden to events in the park, we hope there will be a number of ways in which people can invest their time and talents”, she explained. “Serving tea and biscuits is often asssociated with volunteering, and while helping in any way is rewarding, hopefully this project will offer varied experiences.”

Milestones for the project include a new bandstand in late spring, a refurbished Walled Garden and new exhibition gallery, followed by a new cafe and a children’s play area.

Councillor David Paterson, executive bember for enviromental services, said: “I encourage anyone interested to come along to one of these events. It is an exciting time for Wilton Lodge Park, which has played such an important role in the community and history of Hawick.”