Wyches in the Woods

The second year of our involvement in the UK National Tree Seed Project in partnership with Kew Gardens’ Millenium Tree Seed Bank is underway. And what better way to start than with an early summer collection of Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra). After getting landowner permissions for a woodland near Galashiels I had a good look around and found that it …

Planting trees with the next generation.

The Borders Tree Planting Grant has now finished its first year and had lots of successful applications and interest from many different applicants including private landowners, farmers, community groups, organisations and schools. Both Chirnside and Howdenburn (Jedburgh) Primary Schools successfully applied for the Tree Planting Grant and accessed funding for around 50 well established trees each. My Colleague, Anna Craigen …

Corehead High Camp 2016

We were lucky enough to have bright sunshine and a cooling breeze for our second ever Corehead High Camp which happened a few weeks back. Last year we focused on maintaining the fences that allow the trees to grow by excluding the sheep and deer (an on going task!).   This year, we were planting Juniper within the deer exclosure …

Talla and Gameshope Survey Day

Many thanks to all those who came along to help record the species in the Gameshope valley on the 8th May. The climate is certainly very changeable in those hills,  with the high winds of the night before, transforming into a hot sunny day.  This was good news for our enjoyment on the day but did mean the moth traps …

Leave No Trace

Its a wonderful experience having a fire in the woods, gathering some wild food and cooking on an open flame…but how to do it safely and without leaving a negative mark on the land? Last session we explored these ideas with the Junior Rangers. Here’s some of what we looked at: Leave no trace fires.  Having a fire off the …

First Tree Planting Day at Talla & Gameshope!

Volunteers welcome for first Tree Planting Day at Talla & Gameshope!  A great moment in restoring the wild heart of the Border hills takes place on Saturday 30th April. We will be planting the first trees of what will become a magnificent wooded upland landscape for future generations to treasure. We will be planting a few hundred trees, a mixture …

What has Owl been eating!?

We had lovely day at Corehead with the Junior rangers on Saturday, First we headed to Stotfield Gill, to remove some of the young larch which had seeded from the shelter belt into the recently replanted native woodland. During a break, some Junior rangers played in the stream, others made reed boats to race in it! Then it was back …

Celebrating Spring

With the spring weather returning we’re back out at Corehead Farm with a range of different activities for all ages We kicked off the season with a Woodland Activity Day which was a mix of conservation work, tree identification, folklore and exploring! Tree tube removal – its amazing how big these trees have grown in only a few years Learning …

Fancy a job?

For those of you who follow our work, you may or may not be aware that we have a new job position to fill. Our current Site Officer (that is me!) is leaving on Friday so we are looking for a new person to fill some Site Officer boots!   The job of a Site Officer is very varied. No two …

Playing it safe

People often associate us with planting trees and yes, it is one of the main things that we do. However across our sites, we do have a few older trees (which we cherish) that occasionally need a closer look at. This isn’t just to admire the lichen growth or in some cases, sheer size of them, but it is with …