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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Ewe Hill Windfarm

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

Job Opportunities



The Southern Uplands Partnership (SUP) is seeking two experienced, enthusiastic individuals with a background in cultural place-making, participatory or social practice art to develop the Connecting Threads project, the cultural strand of Destination Tweed.  There is an opportunity for the successful applicants to bring their own expertise and interests to shape the roles and how the programme develops over five years. One post (River Culture Animateur) will focus on the Middle Tweed from Innerleithen to Kelso as a pilot for a whole river project in the delivery phase.  The other post (River Tweed Cultural Curator) will take in the Tweed from source to sea.  The post holders will be based at SUP’s office at Lindean Mill, near Selkirk, TD1 3PE.

Both posts are 0.6 fte (22.5 hrs/wk).  Salary up to £27k pa fte (£16,200 pro rata).

Twelve month fixed term contracts initially, from October 2020 – September 2021. 

For an Application Packs and further information, please visit Job Opportunities

The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

The closing date for applications is Monday, 17th August, 2020 at 5.00 pm. 

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 1st September, and Wednesday, 2nd September 2020

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to SUP Partnership Manager, Pip Tabor, at piptabor@sup.org.uk.

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