The Southern Uplands Partnership

The Southern Uplands Partnership is a rural development charity, started by local people keen to keep the communities and countryside of the south of Scotland alive and healthy. The Partnership represents all sorts of people, as well as government bodies, agencies and councils. Anyone who is committed to the future of the South of Scotland is invited to join. News on projects, publications and job vacancies can be accessed below…

The Southern Uplands

The Southern Uplands are the lands that run from the Berwickshire coast in the East right across to the Ayrshire coast in the West. To the South are Cumbria and Northumberland and to the North the central belt of Scotland. It is a working landscape, peppered with ancient hillforts, glorious abbeys, border battlefields, castles, rievers’ hideaways, market towns and thriving businesses. Thanks to Scotlands’ enlightened approach to access, you can explore the Southern Uplands mountainous heart, its forests, open country, towns and villages and enjoy the wealth of history, heritage and wildlife.  There are numerous way-marked trails that invite the walker, cyclist of rider to venture out. And there is plenty of room! This part of Scotland is often forgotten as the tourist heads for the Highlands, but our uplands are spectacular and there is much to see and do without travelling anywhere near as far!

Exploring Opportunities for Woodland Creation at a Landscape Level

The Scottish Government, through Scottish Forestry, is currently working in partnership with four local authorities in the South of Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, Scottish Borders, and South Lanarkshire) in developing a new, more integrated approach to how we help land managers consider opportunities for new woodlands, particularly those of a larger scale, in the context of future land use.

Work at present is focused on a limited number of pilot areas, using these to help develop solutions which might be helpful in future within wider rural Scotland.

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Artist in Residence

Connecting Threads, the river culture strand of Destination Tweed, is currently seeking applications for an Artist in Residence at Merlindale Meadow as part of their pilot programme of activity. The residency is open to visual artists based in the Scottish Borders and will take place over the summer of 2021. For more information, including details of how to apply, please download the artist brief

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Creative Opportunity

River Portrait No.1 is a workshop exploring ways of seeing on the River Tweed. Bringing together artists, creative professionals and environmentalists, the event aims to create a space for unpicking and re-framing the multiple faces of the river through the act of creating a portrait. This event is being organised by Connecting Threads in collaboration with Creative Carbon Scotland, and will be the first in a series of workshops that they are organising along the River Tweed.

Sunday 27th June. 10:00 – 14:00

Ewe Hill Windfarm

For information on funding from Ewe Hill 16 Windfarm, click here

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