Apply to join our work as BFT Site Officer

The BFT Site Officer will be an integral part of a team that ensures BFT properties are well managed, maintained and nurtured in accordance with the specific objectives for each unique site. The Site Officer will be jointly responsible for the day to day running and stewardship of BFT’s sites. This will include: delivering a programme of practical habitat restoration …

Junior Rangers back out and about

Junior Rangers had their first session of 2016 last Saturday with the task of tree planting in Coreknowe. Here we are creating a small area of young native woodland just by the Devil’s Beef Tub. The new native woodland is in this valley alongside the burn This time we were accompanied by a film crew, making a film to celebrate …

Sharing Skills for Outdoor Learning

We now have a varied programme of outdoor learning at Corehead Farm, with Adventure clubs, Junior Rangers, School visits and family activities. Thinking up new activities and ideas to run is a very rewarding challenge! Luckily there is a really supportive network of people working in the outdoors, supported by the Forestry Commission called  ‘Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland’ or …

Celebrating a year of Junior Rangers

Its now a year since we first set up Junior Rangers at Corehead Farm, in collaboration with the National Trust for Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council. We had a party in December to celebrate all the hard work that has been achieved over the year, look back at all the different activities we did and give out Junior Ranger …

Borders Tree Planting Grant in action at March Wood

The Borders Tree Planting Grant that was launched on the 29th of April this year has been receiving applications now for over 7 months and the season for planting trees has finally arrived, and after helping a number of applicants successfully access grant funding for their small woodland planting projects (less than 0.25 hectares) the planting of trees that have …

Rain, rain and more rain!

Well we’ve been having quite a bit of rain that’s for sure….   It’s been all over the news of late and we’ve certainly had our fair share in southern Scotland. Overall 2015 was quite wet to say the least. We had a lot of rain throughout the year and with only a brief respite late summer-early autumn, the ground …

A wee bit of shelter

So we’ve all been talking a lot about the weather. For those of you not in the Dumfries and Galloway area – we’ve had a fair bit of rain. In fact a lot of rain. Really it rains pretty much all of the time and has done for the last couple of months.   But that hasn’t deterred our Corehead …

The Wildwood planting season begins

With winter rapidly approaching, it can only mean one thing at Wildwood….. the beginning of planting season.   We found out during the summer months what species we would have available for planting. This all depends on the variety and quantity of seeds and cuttings that have been collected by volunteers and successfully grown on by Alba trees, ready for …

Winter Tree Identification – Rural skills workshop

Last weekend, when the sky was blue and the ground crunchy, we headed up into the young native woodland at Corehead to learn how to identify the different trees. Emilie Wadsworth was our guide, pointing out the different features to look for. When the trees are as young as ours, knowing different tree buds is key. Like with so many …

Adventures in Haggie Gutter

Earlier in the year we had a few days out with our peatland expert Emily Taylor at our Talla and Gameshope estate. Now that the sheep have been removed, we were looking for areas of bare or exposed peat sites that would need further intervention than just the removal of grazing. We identified a small area below Talla Crags called Haggie …