How do trees survive the winter?

Whilst we may put food out for the birds and marvel at how creatures survive the snow and icy conditions that winter can bring, it’s easy to forget about the trees, stoically and steadfastly facing whatever weather comes. Different species of trees have evolved a myriad of techniques for surviving freezing conditions and winter storms, both structurally and at the …

T & G planting update

Well it’s been a busy year at Talla & Gameshope, not only have we seen the formation of a regular volunteer group but it’s also seen the start of our first Forestry Grant Funded area. So here’s a rundown of what’s been happening in 2017 at T&G; The planting started in April with 13 volunteers camping around Talla barn, using …

Junior Ranger Christmas Session

The temperature has plummeted, icicles are forming, the shortest day of the year is almost upon us..winter has definitely arrived and for our final Junior Rangers of the year we did some festive activities. But first….to plant a few trees…the grounds not quite frozen yet, It was cold work and soon we headed back to light a fire, mull some …

T & G Planting Weekend

If a walker battled their way up the Gameshope to the bothy on a wild and wet Saturday night 9 days ago, gritting their teeth against the horizontal sleet and rain, they would have been delighted to see a candle burning in the window only to be dismayed on entering to find the place packed not with grim and determined …

Outdoor learning, stars and stories 

Outdoor learning, stars and stories  In October,  Outdoor Woodland Learning’s Dumfries & Galloway group (OWL Scotland) visited Borders Forest Trust’s Corehead Farm for their AGM and skill share. The day included a fungi foray and a walk up to visit our community orchard and woodland restoration project followed by campfire cooking and stories with an environmental story teller. The evening was …

Scottish Conker Championships 2017

‘Bonkers for Conkers 2017’ On Saturday 21st October 2017 Borders Forest Trust staff and some of our brilliant volunteers ran the 11th Scottish Conker Championship – a very popular and well attended attraction in the fabulous annual Tweed Valley Forest Festival. In spite of yet another poor conker harvest in Scotland, this year we were able to provide participants with …

Science of Autumn Colours

The science of Autumn colours  Have you been enjoying the autumn colours this year? The displays of red, yellow, orange and bronze lift the spirits on a walk through the wood, or a drive out in the countryside, and many people choose Autumn as their favourite season for this reason. Rather than the change in temperature at this time of …

Corehead High camp

On the 16th -17th September 4 of us braved the autumnal weather and headed up through Corehead for the high camp. Upon reaching Whitehope, which is our middle compartment between Tweedhope and Lochan Burn, with just over 50.000 Trees in it, we made camp, with amazing views out to the Lake District, and of course our newly planted woodland, which …

Junior Rangers – Autumn adventures

The Junior Rangers have been taking an active role in helping to manage our community orchard. The original labels which show the different varieties were in great need of being replaced..before the knowledge of which tree is which – was lost to the elements. Last month the rangers quested round the trees recording the different varieties and this month we …

Volunteer Action in Gameshope

“Help, I’ve got 22 volunteers from Germany, Spain and Scotland descending on the John Muir Trust site at Glenlude for 4 days next week and I cannot keep them all busy all of the time”. 10 days later, after a quick scuttle round to Corehead, Talla and Glenlude for spare tools saw me welcoming with open arms and no experience, …