Our experience of planting our own Borders Woodland

While we were volunteering at The Borders’ Organic Gardening Society potato day, I spotted a stall that said, “Plant your own Borders Woodland.”  I spent some time talking to the stall holders who were members of the Borders Forest Trust, they explained that we would be able to apply for a grant to plant a woodland in a part of …

Gala Policies

Seeking Solace in Gala Policies Community Woodland by Anna Craigen We’re so lucky to have access to beautiful countryside and local woodlands pretty much wherever we live in the towns and villages of the Borders. I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve heard say something along these lines over the last few months, often followed by ‘I can’t imagine what it would …

A reflection on 2019

Outgoing Chairman Rosalind Grant-Robertson reflects on 2019 and looks to 2020 and beyond: 2019 was a year of 2 halves, characterised by staff changes, as I have noted in the annual review.   But by the year end, the Trust had shown its resilience by taking the opportunities these changes presented to review  our structure and skills, moving forward positively with …

Deer fence

Over the last month, Jon Fleming has completed our new deer fence at Talla & Gameshope. The 5.8 km fence is open ended and stretches from Talla Reservoir to just past the castle at Gameshope burn. The woods next to our site have one of the highest populations of Sika deer in Scotland and Sika deer love young trees.  Sika deer …

How old is ‘The Survivor Tree’?

We have a rowan tree at Carrifran Wildwood shortlisted for Scotland’s Tree of the Year and have been sharing information about it on social media. This lead to a question of how old the tree was? I contacted biologist Philip Ashmole, editor of ‘A Journey in Landscape Restoration- Carrifran Wildwood and beyond’ and coordinator of the Wildwood project, to find …

Rowan Jelly

by Anna Craigen You will now be aware that our very special ‘The Survivor Tree’ rowan at Carrifran has been shortlisted for the Woodland Trust’s Scotland Tree of the Year. We’re very chuffed! You can find out more about the tree and vote using the link above. We have already published a brief ‘Introduction to rowan trees’ blog to accompany …