A PEEBLESSHIRE garden has finally reopened after battling the elements of recent storms.

Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles, has reopened for the 2024 season after a "Herculean" effort by the horticulture team to clear damage caused by Storms Isha and Jocelyn.

Last year the gardens had its busiest season as it welcomed more than 40,000 visitors.

The team at the gardens had intended to reopen earlier this year, however, plans were scuppered by the recent storms.

Graham Stewart, curator of Dawyck Botanic Garden said: “Despite the challenges brought by successive storms, dedicated teamwork ensured that the Garden was presented in a condition ready to receive visitors, in time for our spring reopening."

During its closure over the winter months, Dawyck has undergone a makeover as the five-star attraction's visitor centre was refurbished with a new modern and elegant layout.

The update comes 16 years after the visitor centre was formally opened, and sees the centre given a new colour scheme and the café redesigned.

Mr Stewart added: "Investment over the winter months in our visitor centre infrastructure will help enhance the overall experience.

“This year, our adult and concession ticket prices are £10 and £8.70, including a voluntary donation to the Garden.

"The charge will help us to maintain this beautiful Garden and support the research into conservation and biodiversity loss led by our parent organisation, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh."

With the gardens officially open for the new year, visitors can enjoy Dawyck's famous sights including the blankets of snowdrops.

In the garden visitors can enjoy the giant redwoods and a silver fir - the garden's oldest tree which dates from 1680.

Newer additions to the garden include a Scots Pine which was planted by local schoolchildren last year to commemorate the King's coronation, and a grove of Brewer's Weeping Spruce.

Dawyck is one of four sites of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The 2024 season runs from February 1 to November 30, and from 10am–4pm in February and November and 10am–5pm from March to October.