Carrifran valley (image by David Geddes)

High camps at Carrifran 2014

Saving the Bog Bilberry

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.

This year we plan two camps in midsummer, focusing on peatland restoration with this work being generously supported by the Scottish Natural Heritage Peat Action Grant.

The first camp will be on the weekend of Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th June. The second will be Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th July.

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.