Carrifran valley (image by David Geddes)

Volunteer planting days

Volunteers have played a major part in the ecological restoration of Carrifran, planting more than 100,000 trees, carrying out monthly perimeter fence checks and carrying out many other essential tasks.

For the first ten years after we bought the valley, members of the public came at weekends to plant trees and do other work in the glen almost every month. Since then, the main volunteer efforts have been by the regular Tuesday volunteer group, supervised by the Site Officer, and the participants in the annual High Camps, led by one of our people with Mountain Leader qualifications.

We still organise special planting events for organised groups, and welcome individuals wishing to come and work occasionally. People interested in hillwalking rather than tree planting can become Boundary Wardens, and there is also a loose group called on occasionally to carry out fence repairs, usually high on the plateau.

If you are a leader or member of a group that might like to come and work at Carrifran for a day or a weekend, please contact us or telephone BFT on 01835 830750.
Anyone who is free to work fairly regularly in the valley on Tuesdays should refer to the Tuesday volunteers page.

If you are interested in our annual weekend High Camp, usually in late spring, go to the Carrifran High Camp page.

If you are driving to Carrifran, download directions to the car park.

The Borders Forest Trust site often has news of volunteering opportunities at all the BFT sites.

Please note:

Some tools will be provided, but bring your favourite spade if convenient. Some of the planting is on steep rocky slopes and may involve a substantial walk and burn crossings, but there are always other things to do closer to the road.

Dogs can cause disturbance to wildlife, so if you have to bring a dog when you come to Carrifran as a volunteer, please keep it under close control. In the bird breeding season, from April to July, dogs should be kept on a short lead at all times to ensure that they do not harm ground-nesting species.

Remember to come in appropriate wet weather/fleeced clothing and bring a pair of heavy waterproof gardening gloves to protect your hands. A pair of jeans and a t-shirt are definitely not sufficient for your comfort or safety!

We also strongly advise walking boots as parts of the site are very slippery. Finally, remember to bring your lunch and a drink.

If you have any questions, please contact us in the first instance. In case of difficulty, email Philip Ashmole.