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 are very pleased to have been able to host a number of University visits over the years, mostly to Carrifran Wildwood, with tours often led by Trustee and one of the BFT founders Philip Ashmole, along with other volunteers many whom have been involved in the Carrifran project since its inception.

This week, just before the snow arrived, Bangor University made their annual visit to Carrifran, this time with around 60 students from MSc Environmental Forestry, MSc Agroforestry and MSc Forestry Courses. Bangor University have been visiting since 2012 with students from their BSc courses in Forestry and Conservation & Forest Ecosystems coming as well. Other universities who visited last year include Aberdeen and Leeds as well as Landscape Architects from Edinburgh College of Art.

Stuart Adair with Bangor Students at Carrifran Feb 2018

Along with Universities a number of other interest groups have visited our sites such as rangers from the National Trust for Scotland, Plantlife, Outdoor Woodland Learning Scotland and The Royal Forestry Society, who after visiting Corehead left the following feedback

“Our visit to Corehead was undoubtedly a highlight of the tour. We saw some really interesting stuff and your professional leadership of the visit made it very special. I know we could have spent a full day with you and still not seen all there is to see. But learning from your experience and knowledge goes to the heart of what the Society is about. The success of what the Borders Forest Trust is achieving is an exemplar to us all. Thank you very much indeed for finding the time to plan for our visit and look after us when we were with you, very much appreciated”


NTS rangers visit Carrifran – we hope to visit NTS estate Mar Lodge this year.

Its invaluable to be able to share what we are doing as well as receive feedback on our projects and ideas and input from other groups.

If you have a group who would benefit from visiting our sites please do get in touch and we can arrange a guided tour.  We generally ask for a donation towards the project and to help us cover our costs.

Ali Murfitt

Site and Community Officer