Working with volunteers is central to achieving our vision. Volunteers allow us to connect with local and wider communities and our aim is to offer opportunities to people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Since 2006, Borders Forest Trust volunteers have been planting trees on our own land as well as on Community Woodlands and local schools. We are integral in caring for ever higher numbers of trees after planting. Our volunteers take on a wide variety of tasks:
- Tree planting
- Caring for young trees
- Removing tree tubes
- Surveying sites for biodiversity
- Improving sites through removing old fence lines
- Repairing areas of peat
- Cutting back branches to let in light and removing some non-native species
- Checking boundary fences to keep them stock proof
- Maintaining paths
Some of our volunteers come to us through our Health and Therapy work. There are different levels of fitness and activity required – not everyone has to be able to work all day in the uplands! Shorter days and less strenuous tasks are also crucial to creating and maintaining vibrant outdoor spaces.
It’s been the perfect reason to be out and about in the hills whilst doing something useful to help the Trust’s great work Volunteer
At two of our largest sites, Corehead and Carrifran Wildwood, we have regular volunteer work parties.
Our Wildwood group meet every Tuesday and our Corehead group meet fortnightly on a Thursday and are led by the Borders Forest Trust Site Officer. Importantly we have a mix of people volunteering for us from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of knowledge and experience. Tasks are mainly driven by the seasons. In the winter time it’s mostly tree planting combined with maintenance tasks such as fence removal. As the weather gets warmer tasks then involve bracken management, tree health and wildlife surveys, fence repairs, seed collection and path maintenance. At Corehead we also have opportunities to work in our community orchard.
In addition to our regular slots, we run annual High Camps. We invite volunteers to come and camp at our sites for the weekend and help us with key projects. In the past these have included montane scrub planting and peatland restoration.
I feel that I’m doing something worthwhile, which will hopefully be appreciated by future generations Volunteer
Volunteering with Borders Forest Trust is a great way to get and stay fit, to meet a whole range of people, to learn new skills and to give something back to the environment. If you are interested then please email [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected]