Completion of Jedburgh scheme to be marked this weekend

Published: 29th March 2022

The Jedburgh Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is celebrating its five years of community engagement in the town with a free exhibition and weekend of activities on 1-3 April

Exhibition and weekend of activities

  • an exhibition of before and after photographs of some of the successful CARS funded projects
  • free family-friendly arts and crafts, including model-making, book-binding, and printmaking
  • archaeology display and walking tour of Jedburgh’s ramparts

About the CARS scheme 

The £1million regeneration project, which was funded by Historic Environment Scotland and ourselves, officially comes to a close on 31 March.

The scheme offered grants for the repair of traditional buildings in Jedburgh town centre, as well as providing a range of education and training activities for local people, building professionals, and those with an interest in building conservation and Jedburgh’s rich history and heritage.

The weekend exhibition will display before and after photographs highlighting the impact of the CARS project on the town. Since 2017, the scheme has offered more than 50 grants worth a total of over £700k to support traditional building repairs in the town.

Priority projects restored through the scheme 

Seven priority projects were allocated funds to support significant repair and restoration works with the aim of demonstrating the benefit of heritage led regeneration and addressing buildings identified by the community as having an adverse impact within the conservation area. This included works to the A-listed Port House at 11 Exchange Street, which is set to be brought back in to use this summer.

The CARS project also supported the £50,000 repair and refurbishment of Jedburgh Abbey Ramparts, during which human remains were uncovered, potentially dating back 200 years.

Archaeologist Michelle Gamble of HARP Archaeology will join the exhibition on Saturday 2 April with a display of non-human artefacts, and will lead a 1pm visit to the excavation site on the ramparts.

Family friendly activities on offer from 1-3 April 

Free family-friendly arts and crafts activities will be available on 1-3 April, which will include model-making, book-binding, printmaking and more.

All are welcome to drop into the free exhibition at 2 Canongate, Jedburgh between 10am-4pm.

Debbie McLean, our Lead Officer for Heritage and Design

“The five year Jedburgh Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme has delivered a £1m boost to the centre of the town.

“We’ve been delighted by the success of the project, which has helped to restore and protect some of the town’s key historic buildings as well as delivering a wide range of training, heritage and education activities.

“The involvement of the local community throughout has been crucial to the success of the scheme, and we hope that many of them will be able to join this weekend of activities to celebrate the impact of the CARS project on what is one of the gateway towns to Scotland, and one of the Borders essential historic towns.”