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Local Voices - What people say

The voices of the people who live and work in the Southern Uplands

What Poeple say about living in the Southern Uplands "There's no cars where I live in the woods. When I grow up I'm going to be a baker and bring cakes home for a nightime feast. School is brilliant, everytime I go outside after lunch I get chased by Callum - he's 8 - and David - he's 7. On holidays I play on my computer, climb trees and nick strawberries, raspberries and peas from our garden and I like feeding our hens, Rosie, Penny and Peck-Peck."
Child age 6
What people say about living and working in the southern uplands I trained at Glasgow, worked in London and Australia, then came back home to set up my own workshops, making jewellery and teaching. This area inspires my work and there is a good network of crafts people and strong support for the arts.
Silversmith
what people say about living and working in the southern uplands “Running a successful Graphic Design company here in the Southern Uplands gives me the best of both worlds... access to global clients via the internet and a location that makes me feel like I’m on holiday.”
Graphic Designer
what people say about living and working in the southern uplands “I love it – out in the wilds, you get to meet everyone – all the people who are hidden away. There’s a good mix around here, lots of interesting people.”
Postman
what people say about living in the southern uplands “‘Drain the bog!’ they said. I drained the bog, I piped the ditches and we ploughed right up to the dyke back. I was advised and grant aided to do it. Now, 40 years on, the first snipe are to be seen again, the wheel of time is turning and the bog is slowly reclaiming its territory.”
Retired Lady Farmer
what people say about living in the southern uplands “The south of Scotland is famed for its beauty, hospitality and serenity. Perhaps less well known is the opportunity to study in this productive and dynamic area of Scotland. Being a student in such a culturally rich part of Scotland is both exciting and academically stimulating.”
Postgraduate Student
what people say about living in the southern uplands “Community spirit is still strong here and the Community Councils are important. We lobby on important issues like low cost housing and keep community events going for locals and to bring people into our towns and villages.”
Community Councillor
what people say about living and working in the southern uplands “I work with people and organisations on a day to day basis helping them care for the natural heritage. What is diferent about this part of the country is that we are at the northern geographical limit for some species such as nightjars, and the southern limit for others. The mix of plants and other wildlife is unique in a UK context; it makes for a fascinating place to work. There is also a great range of landscapes, from highlands to coastal scenery - it’s really a very special place.”
Environmentalist
what people say about living and working in the southern uplands We run a hill farming unit with hill sheep and beef cattle as the main enterprises. The farm has a small amount of woodland whereas a significant number of nearby farms have been turned over entirely to forestry. These land-uses have contributed much to the variety and beauty of the regions landscape. Unfortunately both agriculture and forestry have been under much financial pressure thus in line with agricultural trends elsewhere farming businesses have in general declines in mumber; grown in size and employ fewer people than in the past. The challenge is to keep agriculture profitable and contribute to sustainable local communities.”
Hill Farmer

 

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