A team of six staff manage and deliver Borders Forest Trust’s projects, operating from our head office at Monteviot Nurseries, near Jedburgh and from an office in Moffat.
Peter joined the Trust in January 2019. He has studied forestry, rural development and forest policy in universities in the UK and Sweden. Peter has worked for the last 25 years in variety of roles, in the private sector, for charities, academia, government and international UN organisations in more than 30 countries with a focus on native woodland management, policy and practice. His roles have included strategizing, programme design, proposal writing, programme and team management, process facilitation and training/education. He is a career long advocate for strengthening the positive links between people and native woodlands and of releasing the full interconnected ecological, cultural, social and economic potential of revived and thriving native woodlands.
Woodland Habitats Projects Manager
Nicola joined the Trust team in 2001 as the Projects Assistant. Now Woodland Habitats Projects Manager, she is responsible for the development and delivery of Woodland Habitats projects. Originally from Hamilton, Nicola moved to Edinburgh to study Ecological Science at the University. From there she worked in a number of jobs including as a ranger in West Lothian before moving to the Borders in 2000 to a mammal research position.
Community and Education Officer
Anna has worked with the Trust since 2002, sometimes as a staff member, sometimes in a freelance capacity. Currently she works part-time for BFT running a new Education project in Borders primary schools, leading our Volunteering group at Borders Woodland Sites, and providing support to Community Woodland groups. Trained as a landscape architect, Anna has many year’s experience with Forest Schools, providing teacher training programmes, running community events and leading practical woodland tasks.
Sandra joined the Trust in January 2006, having gained an HND in Business Management at Heriot Watt University in 2001. Sandra works part time with BFT and also takes an active part in her husband’s events catering business and fridge trailer hire company.
Nicky has been with BFT since June 2018. She is leading on our Treescapes partnership work which includes developing new planting with private landowners across the Borders, support for Ancient Woodlands and the Borders Tree Planting Grant. Nicky had a ‘first career’ in product design before retraining through conservation volunteering and an Advanced Certificate in Forestry/Arboriculture from SRUC.
Andy joined BFT in May 2017 as our Site Officer, working with volunteers to manage our three sites. With a Masters degree in Environmental studies combined with years of experience of tree planting and habitat restoration, Andy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in ecology, geomorphology, land management and environmental issues. Andy is both skilled and enthusiastic about environmental education and leading groups of volunteers and is a qualified Mountain Leader.