Wilton Lodge Park regeneration to host free events

Wilton Lodge Park is hosting a packed schedule of free events this month, including dog clinics, circus skills and river creatures.

The events, on The Green, are part of the £3.64million Heritage Lottery Fund regeneration project for Wilton Lodge Park, supported by Scottish Borders Council, and townsfolk are being encouraged to take part.

The programme begins next Friday (July 11) when local dog trainer Trudy Davidson will be on hand to give advice and demonstrations on handling dogs.

Trudy will be running four 30-minute sessions, when dog owners can chat about obedience issues, discuss their pet’s behaviour and learn how to build a trusting relationship with their dog. Dog owners can also just come along or have a chat with Trudy. Sessions are informal and anyone can drop in between 11am and 3pm.

On Monday, July, 14, townsfolk are invited to join the circus, with a dynamic workshop for all would-be jugglers, clowns and performers to challenge themselves and have fun. Managing Partner of Let’s Circus, and Head Clown, Steve Cousins, said: “We’re 
 really looking forward to coming through Hawick on our summer tour of Scotland.”

And finally this month, The Raiders of the Park series returns to explore the theme of raiders above and below the River Teviot on Saturday, July 19. Local fish expert Kenny Galt, from the Tweed Foundation, will help participants discover more about the life of creatures that live in the river running through the park.

One of his specialities is electro-fishing whereby folk can get an up-close look at water wildlife. Mike Fraser from the local RSPB will also be exploring the shores of the river on the lookout for birds living in the park. It runs from 11am to 3pm and is also free. The series is concluded next month with a variety of activities and games. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.