Many people will know about the high planting camps at Carrifran that have taken place each year since 2007. These challenging weekend camps, at an altitude of 650 metres in the Moffat Hills, are led by our ex-Project Officer and Mountain Leader Hugh Chalmers. The camp site is in the dramatic hanging valley of Firth Hope, just below the summit of White Coomb, a Corbett (821 m) and the fourth highest peak in the South of Scotland.
During this series of camps our volunteers have already planted over 14,000 shrubs and trees in a unique initiative that will establish one of Scotland’s outstanding examples of restored treeline woodland, a significant habitat that has been almost lost from our mountains.
Hugh has agreed to lead another high camp, on the weekend of August 31st-1st September 2013. The main tasks will be the removal a redundant 200m fence which surrounds the initial Salix lapponum planting in 2003, and re-use the materials to reduce the amount of deep peat erosion at the source of the Little Firthhope Burn.
If you can rise to a challenge and would enjoy the hard work, wonderful scenery and good company that we can offer, please refer to the high planting camp flyer then email Hugh for further information. In case of difficulty phone Borders Forest Trust on 01835 830750 or by email.