AN inspirational classic story of peace and hope is coming to the Borders - with strings attached.

Jean Giono's 1950s French novel The Man Who Planted Trees has been translated into countless languages.

And its anti-war and environmental messages have continued to resonate down the decades.

The Man Who Planted Trees, described as a modern-day parable, recounts a simple shepherd's mission to plant 100 acorns each day with only his dog for company.

Not even two world wars can keep him from his mission of creating a forest on the foothills of the French Alps.

The fabulous Puppet State Theatre Company have created their own adaptation of Giono's wonderful book.

Delivered as a multi-sensory blend of comedy, puppetry and storytelling, The Man Who Planted Trees will be performed at the Heart of Hawick.

Becki Hodgson from promoters Live Borders told us: "In a world of younger and younger clued-up, activists and environmentalists, The Man Who Planted Trees, tells the tale of how one person can truly make a difference if they really believe in something.

“The production is beautiful and sensitive, offering a wonderful adaptation to enthral and inspire, keeping in mind our ethos here at Live Borders of healthier, happier and stronger individuals and communities.

“We are over the moon to welcome Puppet State Theatre back to the Borders to play a part in this Autumn’s Borders live touring programme.”

The multi-award-winning adaptation of Giono's book by Puppet State Theatre Company has been touring since 2006 playing in schools, village halls, theatres, and festivals across the UK and Ireland.

Internationally, they have performed off-Broadway at the New Victory Theatre and repeat visits to the Sydney Opera House and New York’s Lincoln Center Institute.

The Man Who Planted Trees starts at 3.30pm on Friday, October 11 at the Heart of Hawick.

The show is suitable for adults and children aged seven and over.

Tickets, priced at £6 (adult), £4 (child under 16) and £18 (2 adults and 2 children), are available online or from the box office.