Well, I've been having a wonderful time volunteering recently. The nursery at the Falls of Clyde is coming together, and I'll write about that soon (those of you who receive the Lanark Gazette...anyone? or the Falls of Clyde blog may have already seen what I'm doing) but today I want to talk about what I did last Saturday!
|The original forest, peeking out of the gully. The dark |
shapes on the top of the hill are young trees growing up.
Corehead is a large area of land that is owned by the Borders Forest Trust and is both farm and young forest. The original woodland of the site is restricted to steep gullies and crags that deer and sheep have not been able to access and the trust is working to spread this woodland out into the hills and glens of the area while bringing back species that have been missing from the area, such as Juniper. You can find out more about Corehead here.
Corehead used to be solely worked for sheep, and the landscape was divided by fences to keep stock in. As the new forest grows, the fences remain as the only straight edged barriers as you look up the glen, and the trust is now starting to remove these fences, with a little help from the volunteers, of course! And that is where this story starts.
|Annandale Way signpost, there was a |
fence beside it, now gone!!
The fence removal was simple compared to the deer fences that I remove with Trees for Life (speaking of which, have you seen their fancy new website?). It was only a sheep fence, so only a layer of barbed wire (slow motion required while rolling this up to avoid barbation) and a stock fence needed removed. No straining wires, no twizzlers, and the fence posts were mainly so rotten that the staples came out easy peasy! I do love a good fencing tool so was glad of the opportunity to use one again. I need to perfect my technique before spring TfL sessions!
|I love a fencing tool!|
|Where's the fence gone?|
Lynn from the Borders Forest Trust has also written about the day here: bordersforesttrust.blogspot.co.uk/walking-line-at-corehead and I do encourage you to start volunteering with the Trust if you live locally. I'm looking forward to getting more involved and would love to meet you there!
Hope you are all having a lovely week!
PS. You'll see in the pictures that the BFT use tree tubes on their young trees. These are biodegradeable, and made out of polypropolene that degrades in sunshine. I'm not, personally, very keen on tree tubes, but each individual charity has its own methods for carrying out work, and whatever is best for them is good. I will try to find out more, but the tubes do degrade and they are not harmful for the environment, so it's possible that my dislike comes from the visual effect (and of seeing trees 'stuck' in tubes), both while they're on the tree and when they're discarded on the ground. I shall research more and come back to you on this one!