A GALASHIELS councillor wants locals to get involved to improve community woodland in the town.

Euan Jardine is looking at ways to spruce up the Gala Policies.

And he is calling on the public to give their views on what should be done.

Councillor Jardine told us: “I think it is vitally important that this area of the town is well maintained. 

“I recently visited and signs were hidden behind overgrown trees. 

“If you are a visitor to the town it is important you get a good first impression. 

“I was also frustrated to see plastic bottles in the pond. 

“We all know the issues with plastic but sometimes we think world when we need to think about our own backyard first.”

Councillor Jardine has already received some suggestions from the public, such as installing new signs to prevent fly-tipping and improving the core paths.

He added: “These ideas will really help create a better experience for anyone in the Policies whether that be walkers, runners or even the many dogs that use the area.

“I really want to see the polices come to life. 

“Currently, it does have a very dark feel to it. 

“I would love to have some nice flowers and different things to be seen on each trail. 

“I am also looking to see what we can do in Langlee Woods as well, although a committee will need to be formed for these big ideas. 

“I am looking for anyone who wants to get involved to get in touch.”