Carrifran Wildwood creators mark 10th anniversary with ambitious Scottish Borders project

Borders Forest Trust (BFT) will mark the 10th anniversary of the Carrifran Wildwood project with a tree-planting event on New Year's Day, while also submitting a large bid to fund habitat creation at a second nearby site.

Devil's Beef Tub - photo:BFT
Devil's Beef Tub - photo:BFT

Last October, the trust published The Carrifran Wildwood Story, documenting the attempt to recreate a primeval broadleaved woodland on 600ha of denuded slopes in the Southern Uplands around Moffat, Dumfriesshire, where more than half-a-million trees have already been planted.

Inspired by the success of the project, the trust completed the purchase of the slightly larger Devil's Beef Tub site in July, having raised the £700,000 asking price largely from individual donations.

Next month the trust will submit an application for more than £200,000 to the Scottish Government's Scotland Rural Development Programme to fund habitat creation at the historic site.

"It will cover moorland management, hedgerow and wetland creation as well as tree planting," said BFT project manager Nicola Hunt.

"We hope to be awarded in March, to start work next autumn."

 

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