AN HISTORIC Borders site has been recognised for its national importance.

Stobs Camp, near Hawick, which was a World War I (WWI) military training camp, has been designated as a scheduled monument by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

The former training site and prisoner-of-war camp was assessed by HES and a public consultation was also held.

Following the assessment and consultation, it was decided that the camp, which was also used in the Second World War as a target range for tanks and was utilised for training during the Korean War, deserved the designation.

Stobs Camp is of national importance as it is home to the last surviving example of a WWI prisoner-of-war hut in its original location in the UK.

Border Telegraph: A WWI prison-of-war hut at Stobs CampA WWI prison-of-war hut at Stobs Camp (Image: Historic Environment Scotland)

Dara Parsons, head of designations at HES, said: “Stobs Camp is an outstanding monument to Scotland’s role in the two great conflicts of the 20th century.

"It gives us a unique insight into the experience of those involved in these conflicts; those that served in the British military, civilian internees and prisoners of war.

"We're delighted to have had such a positive response to our proposal.

"Designating a site as a scheduled monument helps to recognise what is most special and ensures that significance informs long-term management for future generations."

At the site there are the remains of the camp, WWI training trenches and firing ranges, and the WWII tracked target range for tanks which are unique to Scotland.

Border Telegraph: A defensive dugout looking out to the prisoner-of-war camp at Stobs CampA defensive dugout looking out to the prisoner-of-war camp at Stobs Camp (Image: Historic Environment Scotland)

Dianne Swift, development manager at Archaeology Scotland, said: “Since 2016 Archaeology Scotland have supported investigation and learning about Stobs Camp with members of both local and global communities.

"Its designation as a Scheduled Monument will help raise awareness of the important work they have delivered and ensure the stories relating to Stobs Camp are more widely known.”

The report and consultation survey can be viewed on HES’s Consultation Hub.

More information about Stobs Camp can be found at