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'Cinderella' priory gets upgrade

Coldingham priory
Work gets under way this month on Coldingham Priory

Work begins this month on a 500,000 upgrade of a 12th Century site dubbed the "Cinderella of the Border abbeys".

Ruined sections of Coldingham Priory will be consolidated in order to stop any further deterioration of stonework.

The first stage of the project is a community garden growing fruit trees, vegetables and medicinal herbs as monks might have done hundreds of years ago.

Luke Comins, of the Tweed Forum which is coordinating the project, said it met "aspirations of the local people".

Almost 500,000 has been raised for the scheme from sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Natural Heritage.

At present, parts of the medieval church are crumbling and collapsing in places.

Planned conservation measures include the consolidation of ruined structures and special treatment of its carved stones.

A series of educational workshops and other activities will also take place alongside the conservation work.



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