Seeing the Wood in the Trees

An interactive talk on Zoom with Maggy Stead and trustees of the Tim Stead Trust Pencilled in for 9th September 2021 – More information and booking instructions to be announced soon. The Tim Stead Trust is delighted to contribute to the BFT 25th Anniversary events by sharing the exciting progress it has made in recent times.  Following an extraordinary burst of enthusiastic …

Help our pollinator friends

Would you like to help Borders Forest Trust support other charities with their brilliant projects to help our Pollinator friends? Step 1: Don’t Mow Your Lawn again until June (I’ve explained why below). Step 2: Tell other people about ‘No Mow May’ – maybe even make some posters to spread the word. Step 3: Sign up to Plantlife’s ‘Every Flower …

Elm

Of the three main varieties (and many more crosses) of elm in the British Isles only the wych elm (Ulmus glabra) is native to Scotland. Unlike its English cousins, it grows from seed rather than by cloning. This makes it genetically more diverse, which gives it a degree more resistance to Dutch elm disease. This scourge is till taking out …

Corehead Community Consultation

After more than a decade of managing the land at Corehead and the Devil’s Beef Tub, Borders Forest Trust, are now looking forward to the next 10 years – and beyond – by thinking about the next phase of our ongoing project to help nature flourish across this part of the Wild Heart of Southern Scotland again. As part of …

Burying Beetles like to recycle too

Burying beetles are probably not everyone’s cup of tea but if you are now intrigued then do read on. Burying beetles comprise a whole family of beetles called the Silphidae, many of them associated with carrion which means they are important decomposers and recyclers.  They are known as the undertakers of the animal world and without them we would be up …

Oak

Oak (Quercus robor and Q. petrea; Dair or Darroch in Gaelic) Oaks are possibly the best known and most readily identified Scottish tree. Their long leaves with sinuously curved lobes are like no others and their cupped acorns or hard round ‘oak apples’ (galls caused by an insect) often become playthings for young children. The true native of Scotland is …

South Scotland Tree Planting Grant

Media Release8 April 2021 New Tree-Planting Initiative Takes Root in South of Scotland Landscape Community Groups and Landowners Urged to apply for Funding Communities and wildlife in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are set to benefit from the planting of up to 10,000 new landscape trees over the next 12 months thanks to a new South of Scotland …

Tree Planting Guide

Here are a few tips to help you plant your 25th Birthday trees – your trees have specific preferences on the type of area they like to live in.  Rowan, oak, birch and crab apple prefer dry ground, hazel likes damp ground, willow does well in wet ground. Oaks need a significant amount of space and full light in order …

Corehead update

After more than a decade of managing the land at Corehead and the Devil’s Beef Tub, Borders Forest Trust is now looking forward to the next 10 years – and beyond – by putting in place plans for the next phase of the ongoing work to help nature flourish across this part of the Wild Heart of Southern Scotland. Environmental …

Aspen

Aspen, populous tremula  (Crithen or Eadha in Gaelic) grows throughout Europe. In Scotland it is our only native poplar. Now marginalised by many centuries of grazing, it is usually only to be found clinging to cliffs and sides of steep ravines, where animals cannot reach. The most notable characteristic of this slender tree is its long-stemmed, frilly-edged, rounded leaves, which …