Rowan trees

Rowan trees are easily identified in autumn by their distinctive bright red or orange berries.  Rowans are not large trees – usually they are between 4 and 12 meters tall and can live up to 200 years. Although not related to ash, they look similar and grow in upland areas, so are sometimes called mountain ash.  The berries of rowan …

Tree of the Year

In 2020, ‘The Survivor Tree’, won Scotland’s Tree of the Year. This year, the tree will compete to be named European Tree of the Year 2021. As Borders Forest Trust celebrates its 25th Birthday, this tree will allow us to show Europe what can be achieved in Scotland in terms of ecological restoration. Creating a symbol of hope – During …

Borders Tree Planting Grant

Would you like support to plant trees on your land or in your local area? The Borders Tree Planting Grant offers individuals, community groups and organisations free advice and up to £1000 for small scale tree planting projects that will benefit wildlife, landscapes and people.   People apply for Borders Tree Planting Grants (BTPG) for a variety of reasons.  Below, 3 …

Tree Tubes – a discussion

Plastic Free Forests – by Nicky Hume According to legend, Sir Ewan of Lochiel shot the last wolf in Scotland in 1680. At the time it was considered a heroic act, saving livestock and people from these ferocious beasts. There are many foresters today, however, who wish that Sir Ewan, along with countless others, had missed… A long history of predator persecution and …