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 …

Green woodwork at Corehead

Despite the weather we had a great day yesterday at Corehead, whittling a variety of spoons, spatulas, mushrooms and other creations in the shelter of the barn! Our instructor for the day was Mark Vrionides. Mark! He brought a variety of wood for us to try and it was incredible to experience the different properties first hand; from the beech …

Bonkers for Conkers! 9th Scottish Conker Championshipe 2015

On Saturday 24th October 2015 Borders Forest Trust staff and volunteers (thank you folks – you all did a brilliant job!) ran the 9th Scottish Conker Championship – an ever popular/ well attended attraction in the fabulous annual Tweed Valley Forest Festival.       You would honestly never believe how serious this competition is, with many participants returning every …