Junior Rangers begins

Junior Rangers is a new group supported by Community Service Volunteers, Action Earth and Scottish Natural Heritage  Our first Junior Rangers session was on the 10th January. The weather forecast: snow and high winds! We decided maybe planting trees up in the hills wasn't the best idea but not to be put off we hired the Annan Water Hall and …

Junior Rangers starts at Corehead

The first Junior rangers session was held on January 10th at Corehead Farm and Beef Tub. Junior rangers is for people aged 11 to 18 and offers the opportunity for young people to get outside, learn lots of practical conservation skills, spot wildlife, try out their bush craft/wild camping skills, make friends and have fun. At the first session we were …

Wildwood by night

In the run up to Christmas we decided to put our trail cam out at Wildwood to see if we could capture images of some of our lowland woodland residents. One of our regular Tuesday volunteers and steering group member John has taken the lead on this and has provided us with some fantastic images. So what did we see? …

Winter wonderland: Hair Ice

Happy New Year to you all. We hope you had a wonderful break. If you got out for a winter wander in the woods over the holidays, did you spot any frozen ice formations emerging from logs or sticks, looking something like this? Teresa who went walking in Langholm sent in these fantastic pictures. This mysterious phenomenon  called Hair-Ice or …

A wintery wander

We have had a LOT of snow over the last week. Here's a selection of pictures of the site taken this morning on one of our monthly fence checks. Approaching the Whitehope plantation. The snow was just over 1/2 foot deep along here Nothing like a bit of snow to disguise quad tracks! Looking up towards Whitehope Knowe The fenceline …

Borders Forest Trust purchases Talla & Gameshope

We are delighted to announce that BFT has secured possession of 1,832 hectares (4,527 acres) of the Talla and Gameshope estate, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. This new site is larger than all of our existing sites put together, and our first major site within the Borders.  With the support of the previous owner, who was committed to …

And the winners were…

Borders Forest Trust is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Scottish Conker Championships on Saturday 19 October. Junior: Thomas Richardson Youth: Heide Laidlaw Adult: Neil Davidson Rogue: Ady Hurrell Well done everyone!

A call out for conkers ahead of annual Championships

Borders Forest Trust is looking for helpers in gathering for this year’s Scottish Conker Championships on Saturday 19 October. Last year the official competition had to be called off due to a lack of conkers on local trees, so BFT is asking for everyone’s help in advance of the 7th annual Championships in finding enough for the competition to take …

Free advisory service launched for farmers

Farmers in the Scottish Borders will benefit from a new project launched by Borders Forest Trust in association with the Woodland Trust. BFT will provide farmers throughout the region with free advice on establishing new native woodland on their farms. BFT Woodland Habitats Project Manager, Nicola Hunt, highlights that even small areas of native woodland can be a real asset to agricultural …

230,000 native trees now planted at Corehead Farm

BFT and its volunteers have planted the final oak tree of the 195ha new native woodland planting scheme at Corehead Farm, north of Moffat. Over the last three years more than 230,000 native broadleaved trees have been planted at Corehead with species including oak, ash, aspen, juniper, rowan, alder, willow, birch and cherry. This new native woodland will provide a …