Carrifran valley (image by David Geddes)

High Camp April 2016

Scrubbing up the mountain

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 Site Officer Lynn Cassells.

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 15,000 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.

The spring camp will be on the weekend of Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th April 2016
This year we have several species of mountain willows to plant in Firth Hope, to continue our establishment of an area of montane scrub in the highest part of Carrifran. Described as the ‘cinderella’ habitat of Scotland, montane scrub is an important habitat in the transition from woodland to montane heath. It’s a key part of the overall ecosystem and we need your help at Carrifran to reinstate it.
We will meet at the Carrifran car park at 9.30 am on Saturday 16th April and then hike up to Firth Hope, at the back of the valley, and set up camp. It’s a good 2hr hike across some tough terrain so hill fitness and good quality hill gear is essential. From there we’ll head out to plant for the afternoon before a well-earned rest. We’ll then wake up on the Sunday morning (hopefully refreshed), continue with a bit more planting, and care of previously planted shrubs, before packing up and hiking back down to the car park for late afternoon.

We’re nearly up to capacity for the camp this year, but if you’d like to get involved please get in touch with Lynn Cassells. In case of difficulty phone Borders Forest Trust on 01835 830750.