Smailholm Tower Scotland Landmark To Have A Turf Roof

By on Feb 10, 2011 in Europe, World Comments

A 15th century Smailholm Tower, a landmark situated between St. Boswells and Kelso could be given a roof made from local turf in a bid to keep it waterproof, according to a report by BBC News.

The tower has suffered damage to its upper floor with rain leaking all through its stone flag roof.

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In order to solve the problems, trials were made over the past two years with turf and clay soft-capping. Historic Scotland was hoping to make permanent arrangement and seeks permission to proceed with the plan and that the turf roof proposal could help to solve the problem.

Smailholm Tower has its dramatic situation, atop a crag of Lady Hill, which commands wide views over the surrounding countryside. It is located at grid reference NT637346, just west of Sandyknowe farm, and is now a scheduled Ancient Monument in the care of Historic Scotland. In June 2007 it was awarded the maximum “five-star” status as a tourist attraction from Visit Scotland, a rating bestowed on only eight other sites in Scotland.

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