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Winter Tree Identification – Rural skills workshop

Last weekend, when the sky was blue and the ground crunchy, we headed up into the young native woodland at Corehead to learn how to identify the different trees. Emilie Wadsworth was our guide, pointing out the different features to look for. When the trees are as young as ours, knowing different tree buds is key. Like with so many …

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Adventures in Haggie Gutter

Earlier in the year we had a few days out with our peatland expert Emily Taylor at our Talla and Gameshope estate. Now that the sheep have been removed, we were looking for areas of bare or exposed peat sites that would need further intervention than just the removal of grazing. We identified a small area below Talla Crags called Haggie …

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Green woodwork at Corehead

Despite the weather we had a great day yesterday at Corehead, whittling a variety of spoons, spatulas, mushrooms and other creations in the shelter of the barn! Our instructor for the day was Mark Vrionides. Mark! He brought a variety of wood for us to try and it was incredible to experience the different properties first hand; from the beech …

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Bonkers for Conkers! 9th Scottish Conker Championshipe 2015

On Saturday 24th October 2015 Borders Forest Trust staff and volunteers (thank you folks – you all did a brilliant job!) ran the 9th Scottish Conker Championship – an ever popular/ well attended attraction in the fabulous annual Tweed Valley Forest Festival.       You would honestly never believe how serious this competition is, with many participants returning every …