BFT and its volunteers have planted the final oak tree of the 195ha new native woodland planting scheme at Corehead Farm, north of Moffat.
Over the last three years more than 230,000 native broadleaved trees have been planted at Corehead with species including oak, ash, aspen, juniper, rowan, alder, willow, birch and cherry.
This new native woodland will provide a range of benefits both locally and globally. As the small trees develop into woodland, they will support a rich diversity of native plants, birds and animals.
Also, as the plantings follow three of the headwater burns of the River Annan, they will help maintain the river with more stable banks and less erosion and sedimentary run-off.
On a global scale, as they grow the trees will absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the impacts of increasing greenhouse gases and climate change.
The completion of this planting marks a significant milestone in BFT’s work at Corehead Farm.
Next, the focus shall be turned towards the restoration of other habitats such as wildflower meadows, wetlands and heather moorland as well as more wildlife surveying and the installation of low key visitor facilities.
Walkers are encouraged to visit the farm and hopefully will appreciate seeing the changes to the habitats there with more wildlife returning as the new habitats begin to flourish.
Events and activities are held at Corehead Farm through the year. The next is Botany in the Beef Tub on 20 and 21 July, a botanical course for beginners to find out more about the flora that flourishes on the site. See our events listings opposite for more information.