Sap Rising – How does it work?

Now is the time, just before leaf burst when the sap begins to rise in trees. This is famously known about with maple trees to make syrup. In our country birch trees can also be carefully tapped and the liquid used as a refreshing drink or used to make birch wine, but how does that sap rise? The main method …

Visits to the Wild Heart

With our three sites (Carrifran, Corehead and T &G ) all with slightly different objectives and in different stages of restoration, the opportunity is there for people to come and visit, attend a guided tour , discover what our approach has been and what we have learnt over 20 years of large scale habitat restoration in the Southern Uplands. We …

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 …