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’?

Last year our ‘Survivor Tree’ at Carrifran Wildwood won Scotland’s Tree of the Year. This year the tree is the UK entry to European Tree of the Year. 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 …

Rowan Jelly

by Anna Craigen You will now be aware that our very special ‘The Survivor Tree’ rowan at Carrifran won Scotland’s Tree of the Year 2020. 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, but I’m going to add to this …

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 competed 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 the …

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 …

Langholm Moor

BFT’s Engagement with the Community Ownership Group. In May 2019, the Buccleuch Estates announced the decision to sell Tarras Water and Holm Hill estate and the clock started ticking for the Langhom Community. When Borders Forest Trust were first starting out on our ecological restoration journey, we had support from established organisations, including the John Muir Trust. Although still needing …

What to do and how to do it?

Outdoor Education in a post Covid world By Anna Craigen – Education Officer 2020 got off to a flying start – the weather wasn’t too horrific and I had lovely woodland education projects with a variety of fantastic groups of young people on the go. In addition to this, there were lots of new exciting projects in the pipeline for …