Free advisory service launched for farmers

Farmers in the Scottish Borders will benefit from a new project launched by Borders Forest Trust in association with the Woodland Trust. BFT will provide farmers throughout the region with free advice on establishing new native woodland on their farms. BFT Woodland Habitats Project Manager, Nicola Hunt, highlights that even small areas of native woodland can be a real asset to agricultural …

230,000 native trees now planted at Corehead Farm

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 …

Midlem Open Gardens supporting BFT this Sunday

See 15 traditional cottage gardens in full bloom this Sunday 23 June from 2-5pm in the village of Midlem, near Melrose. Borders Forest Trust is one of three charities that the event will support. Also enjoy tea and home-baked cake, and take home some plants from the stalls to prettify your garden too Admission £3, or free for under 16s. …

Community to benefit from new funding for Corehead

Borders Forest Trust’s project at Corehead, near Moffat, has been awarded three years of funding from Scottish Natural Heritage, enabling us to offer a range of events, educational opportunities, volunteering and training activities to even more people at the site. The Natural Connections project will include a conservation volunteer programme with over 16 sessions per year. This will comprise practical …

Nature of Scotland Awards

Borders Forest Trust is happy to support the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards. The Nature of Scotland Awards recognize and reward those who are making a real difference to the conservation of Scotland’s natural heritage. The 2013 awards opened for entries on the 14th November 2012. If you feel you work with, or know of, an organisation, group or individual who has participated in …

Ash Dieback, Local Context

Ash Dieback (Chalara fraxinea) By now almost everyone in the UK will be aware of this emerging threat to our native ash trees. Like us, you are probably very concerned about the impact this disease may have in our native woodlands. There are many reasons why our local woodland culture will be much diminished if ash is significantly harmed.  For …

Unofficial Conker Championships Going Ahead

BFT is pleased to report some good news from the Tweed Valley Forest Festival. Conkers have been sourced from England and some volunteers will be running an Unofficial Scottish Conker Championships on Saturday 20th October.  This will not be a BFT event, but we are delighted that conkers will be played as part of the Tweed Valley Forest Festival.

Conker Championships Cancelled

Borders Forest Trust is sorry to announce that the 6th Scottish Conker Championships have been cancelled. The event was due to take place on Saturday 20th October in Peebles, but a lack of conkers has left the organisers with no choice but to cancel.  Despite many efforts to locate a source of suitable conkers in time to prepare for the …

2012 BFT Feedback Questionnaire Launched

We’re keen to receive feedback from our members, supporters and partners so if you have a few minutes to spare to tell us what you like about BFT and areas where we could improve, please complete our online questionnaire: //www.surveymonkey.com/s/2DXTBNL We’d really appreciate your help in order to develop our future work. Thank you!

New Trustees for BFT

Two new Trustees were elected at the 2012 BFT AGM on the 19th July and we’re pleased to welcome Steve Sloan and Martin Tilstone on board. Mike Baker and Jim Knight were re-elected having already served one term and two Trustees, Rose Clarkson and John Hunt, resigned having served two terms. BFT would like to thank Rose and John for …