International Women’s Day 2020

“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.”

“International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.”

We thought we would use International Women’s Day 2020 as an opportunity to introduce some of the women who are involved in the Borders Forest Trust. The IWD 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of ‘Collective Individualism’.

Nicola, Head of Land Management, studied Ecological Science at the University of Edinburgh.  This year, Nic has been taking part in a new “Soil Association Scotland Landscape Leadership programme”. The course brings together a group of people who want to make a positive change at a landscape level.  Nicola will be looking to applying these new skills to developing plans for our Wild Heart sites.

Nicky studied forestry and arboriculture and is leading our Treescapes partnership work, which includes developing new woodland planting with private landowners across the Borders, supporting ancient woodland management and promoting small scale tree planting through the Borders Tree Planting Grant

Anna is a trained landscape architect, with 20 years of experience in community education. 

Lisa runs our Branching Out program and also our weekly borders community volunteer group. Lisa studied Ecological Science at university and has a wealth of experience in woodland management.

Fiona is new to BFT and is working on our social media and communications. Fiona has a degree in Computer Science and a qualification in cookery.

As well as our current staff, there are many other women involved with BFT and have been since the very beginning, nearly a quarter of a century ago.  In addition to this there are volunteers who turn up week after week through rain and shine, and our members old and new.