Abbeys' lights switch off for Earth Hour

Jedburgh Abbey

Published: Friday, 10th March 2017

The lights of three of the Borders’ iconic abbeys will be switched off this month in support of Earth Hour.

We have teamed up with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to switch off the lighting at Jedburgh, Kelso and Melrose abbeys on Saturday 25 March, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Both organisations are encouraging Borderers to join with them and millions across the world in turning off their lights for one hour in a show of support for action on climate change.

Earth Hour - 25 March, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

By joining WWF’s Earth Hour with cities, communities and landmarks across the globe, SBC and HES will take part in a symbolic action, which is more than just one hour of darkness.

WWF say this is our opportunity to show world leaders that action to tackle climate change is urgently needed.

Louise Cox, our Environmental Strategic Co-ordinator

“We are proud to support WWF’s Earth Hour once again and to this year work alongside Historic Environment Scotland to switch off the lights at three of the Border abbeys.

“We are excited to be involved with such an inspiring, symbolic event, which reminds everyone that they can make a difference to help protect our planet, and would encourage people in the Borders to take part.”

Dr Mairi Davies, Climate Change Manager at Historic Environment Scotland

“Initiatives like Earth Hour are all about collective effort, people coming together to raise awareness of climate change. I’d therefore like to thank all at Scottish Borders Council for supporting this year’s light switch off at three Borders Abbeys – Melrose, Jedburgh and Kelso.”

More information

Images are available from our Flickr page.

We are responsible for the lights at each of the abbeys, while HES maintain the three buildings.

We have a series of projects which aim to help the environment, including:

  • LED lighting scheme – A total of 17,800 street lights and 1,200 signs and bollards are being changed to energy-saving equivalents in the Borders between April 2014 and March 2018
  • Electric vehicles – the Council has installed an expanding network of rapid charging points across the region to encourage more people to use the eco-friendly mode of transport, while it received £87,000 funding from Transport Scotland last year to purchase six electric vehicles for use by SBC and Live Borders staff.