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Here you will find regular updates on the events, activities and projects we are working on.

Pruning the Orchard

This summer, Jools Cox returned to Corehead Community Orchard to lead a rural skills workshop in summer pruning following our winter pruning workshop in February. It was a glorious sunny day – and we learnt how to prune the trees to encourage healthy shape for ease of picking and maximise fruit production next year, by promoting the production of fruit …

All Things Green

The All Things Green project is funded by Forestry Commission Scotland; Robertson Trust and the Ernest Cook Trust and aims to develop, promote and increase opportunities for outdoor learning within school grounds, or local green sites/ woodlands. Over the last year I have been working with the staff, pupils, parents and volunteers at Ednam, Sprouston, Earlston and Eddleston Primary Schools. …

Scotland’s Finest Woods Award

Borders Forest Trust is delighted that  Carrifran Wildwood is joint winner of the New Native Woods category in the 2017 Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards.  The Award was presented to Dr John Savory, Carrifran Wildwood volunteer and biological recorder (who led the application process),  Dr Philip Ashmole, Trustee of BFT and Co-ordinator of the Carrifran Wildwood project and Dr Jane Rosegrant, Director, …

Tracks in the snow

Winter is a great time to get out and see which animals have been passing by. Plenty of mud and (if you’re lucky) snow, mean that animal tracks are much easier to spot. The tricky part once you’ve found some good tracks, is figuring out which creature made them. In January after a good snowfall, Junior Rangers had a go …

John Bruce Elliott Wood

At Hoprigshiels there are three wind turbines currently being constructed to allow affordable housing to be built in the Berwickshire area. The project has been in development by Berwickshire Community Renewables for years and finally got the go ahead earlier this year. There is a range of ‘habitat enhancement works’ that were undertaken as a part of the project. One …

Corehead Autumn Adventures

In the School Holidays for the past two years we have run an ‘Adventure Club.’ This is open to people of all ages (adults, families and children alike! ) to take part in a wide range of activities, games and crafts at Corehead Farm. The aim of these sessions are to use a diverse range of activities to help people …

Community Bake Off!

What a beautiful Autumn its been this year! At Corehead, our conservation volunteers and Junior Rangers have been out and about, enjoying the Autumn sun, helping look after the orchard Here are some highlights:  The orchard This is the first year that the trees have been old enough to leave some of the fruit on the trees, and after a …

Volunteer tree planting at Talla & Gameshope

Join BFT on Saturday 22 and 23 October for volunteer tree planting at Talla & Gameshope. Help us plant native trees at the Trust’s newest site for ecological restoration. Meet at the upper Talla bridge on Saturday 22nd October (or Sunday 23rd October)at 9.30am. Grid Ref NT142201, on the unclassified road between Cappercleuch (A708) and Tweedsmuir (A701), just down from …

The seasons are shifting: Fungi at Corehead

The seasons are shifting and the fungi are out in beautiful displays at Corehead Farm.  As you wander up to the beech tree, the giant polypore (Miripulis giganteus) is still fruiting at its cut off roots, living off the now deadwood underground. Bachelors buttons (Bulgaria inquinans)  or ‘Fairy trampolines’ as I prefer to say, is on its trunk, tempting round …