ENHANCEMENT works are to start later this month at Gunknowe Loch in Tweedbank, with the aim of improving the appearance of the Loch and increasing its biodiversity.

The project which has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund will see the popular visitor site enhanced with naturalised edge planting, providing a valuable habitat for insects, wildlife and key pollinators.

READ MORE: Borders MP announces winner of Best Pub in Borders competition

Large amounts of native, local provenance, marginal and aquatic plants will be introduced to the area which will have significant biodiversity benefits. This will also help soften the harsh edge of the loch and improve the look for visitors.

The project was developed in response to community feedback which felt that the Loch was in poor condition and following a site meeting with the local Community Council and Primary School it was agreed to adopt a naturalised approach.

READ MORE: Man taken to hospital following single vehicle crash on A701

Work on the project is due to commence later in November and is expected to be completed before the New Year.

Councillor Jenny Linehan, Executive Member for Environment & Transport said: “This funding to facilitate the enhancement of Gunknowe Loch is an extremely positive development for the local area.

READ MORE: Free multi-media and sensory workshops coming to Galashiels

“The site is already popular with locals and visitors alike and the work to enhance the site by and introduce new native plants will make it an even more attractive location.

“The improvements will also mean that the Loch will be turned into a haven for wildlife and pollinators.”