Talla & Gameshope Planting Weekend

What a great weekend was enjoyed by all planting trees in one of the wildest places in the South of Scotland!

By Sunday afternoon over 30 people, young and old, had joined us planting a patchwork of little trees in the Gameshope valley high above the Talla reservoir. It will become a beautiful wild woodland, sheltering an array of wildlife, and mopping up carbon.

And you didn’t need to be an expert woodlander.  All were welcomed with a short introduction to planting, provided with tools, guided up the valley to the best places to plant and rewarded with homemade soup in the bothy at lunchtime.

Those who stayed over Saturday night enjoyed a great evening in the bothy with live music courtesy a couple of young guys with their guitar and our multi-talented ranger, Andy, on the penny whistle.  Some slept in the bothy but the more adventurous camped, experiencing a late night gale complete with flurries of snow followed by a freezing dawn and a lovely clear frosty morning.  By the time everyone else arrived from the comfort of their homes it was a beautiful sunny Sunday in the hills.

We’ll be organising the same thing next Spring.  Not once, but three times. On the weekend of 6th & 7th April at Carrifran Wildwood,  the weekend of 27th & 28th April for the Talla & Gameshope high camp and the weekend of 18th & 19th of May at Corehead, Moffat.  More details to follow later.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks to everyone who came to help.  It is hugely appreciated by everyone at Borders Forest Trust.

Preparing to plant near the river, the barn and bothy in the background.

And look the other way up the same valley, how many more planters can you see?

Imagine this as a patchwork of woods and open areas in 20 years’ time humming with wildlife and sucking up greenhouse gases. Wow!

Visit Carrfran Wildwood on the other side of these hills and you’ll see what can be achieved in under 20 years.