MP praises ‘visionary’ Corehead project

Borders Forest Trust was pleased to welcome David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, to Corehead for a recent tree planting event. The MP was keen to find out more about the work of the Trust first-hand having heard of its achievement in planting almost a quarter of a million native trees at the site, near Moffat, with considerable …

Wild Forest Food – 25th April

Saturday 25th April 10.30am to 12.30pm. Corehead Farm and Beef Tub Join us for a walk in the young native woodland which will help restore the Ettrick Forest at Corehead Farm. Identify the wild flowers and trees, learn about their traditional use and sample some of the products that will be available as the woodland grows. Children welcome To book …

Happy High Campers

Last weekend we held our annual Carrifran Wildwood High Camp. Started originally by our old project officer Hugh Chalmers, this event has proved to be popular year on year and this time around was no exception.   The event booked up quite quickly under the title 'Scrubbing up the mountain'; no prizes for guessing that this year we were focussing …

Spring Adventures

It was the first of our Adventure Clubs last week..and the theme…Spring challenge using all of our senses. First we built a birds nest using only one beak (hand in our case!!) We discovered its a lot more tricky then you'd think. Not easy to break sticks with only one hand so selecting the right size and shape is key …

Junior Rangers at Grey Mares Tail

For the April Junior rangers, we went to the National Trust for Scotland property Grey Mares Tail to do some conservation work there. First we had the chance to look at the peregrine nest using a live nest camera set up on the hill. Everyone had the chance to use the camera controls to see if they could spot it!  …

Carrifran Wildwood Highcamp -18th/19th April

Carrifran Wildwood High Camp 2015 – Scrubbing up the mountain Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th April 2015 This year we have a number of willow to plant at higher altitudes to help us develop an area of montane scrub. Described as the ‘cinderella’ habitat of Scotland, montane scrub is an important habitat in the transition from woodland to montane heath. It’s a key part of the …

Montane scrub for Corehead?

This weekend we have our annual High Camp at Carrifran where we will be heading up into Firth Hope to plant a variety of montane scrub species. We have done a little bit of this at Corehead but we are hoping to extend current planting. In order to plan for this we had a visit by Stuart Adair and Philip …

Sowing the seed at Corehead

Fresh back from cultivating half of Southland New Zealand, James ploughed and established our one hectare of wild bird seed crop.   James ploughing in the sun Turning the soil buries any grass sward and gives the seed sown a chance to grow without competition. It also speeds up drying so that the disc harrows can break the land down to …

Dry Stone Dyking Workshop

Many thanks to Martin Tilstone who led a fantastic workshop at Corehead Farm on Saturday 4th April. We started off at a sheep stell for a bit of practise and to get the hang of the basic techniques.  We learnt to grade stones into different shapes and sizes, from the precious 'through stones' which will span the width of a …

Fencing at Talla

Note from editor: this week we had a team of volunteers head up to one of our boundary fences at Talla to do some important repair work. Volunteer team leader (and BFT trustee) gives a great account of important work achieved Talla Fruid Fence Working Party, Wednesday April 1st 2015 To go or not to go, that was the question …