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 …

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 …