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Border Union Showground

The 18.6-ha (46-acre) showground of the Border Union Agricultural Society occupies the eastern section of Springwood Park, located immediately to the south of the junction of the Rivers Teviot and Tweed, a quarter-mile (0.5 km) southwest of Kelso in the Scottish Borders. Once forming part of the Springwood Estate, the Society brought its annual show and ram sales to this site in the 1940s, going on to purchase the land in 1953.

The Border Union Agricultural Society was founded in 1813 under the Chairmanship of the Duke of Roxburghe, with the aim of promoting developments in agriculture and the breeding of stock. In 1866 a number of small local agricultural societies merged to form the current entity. It now has a membership of more than a thousand, drawn from both rural and urban areas.

The Springwood Hall was opened on the site in 2003 to provide an indoor venue for the Society's core annual events - a two-day agricultural show, a dog show, and the world-famous Kelso ram sales - but also to provide a year-round exhibition and conference centre.


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