Belhaven Hill plants nearly 400 trees in the Borders

On Sunday afternoon fourteen adventurous children hopped into a minibus and headed down to Holylee near Walkerburn on the Tweed.

This area, between Peebles and Galashiels, was particularly hard-hit by recent flooding.

There has been much discussion about planting trees in the Tweed catchment in an effort to slow the flow of rainwater into the main river. Trees take a long time to mature but if they are not planted now they will not be effective in twenty years time.

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We have therefore decided that we want to support this tree planting effort by joining in at every opportunity. The trees planted on Sunday were supplied by the Woodland Trust and funded by IKEA. We were therefore delighted to be joined by two IKEA employees from the Edinburgh store and a photographer from the Woodland Trust.

It was a baking hot day and, with the help of parents, siblings and a wild and swirling pack of panting dogs, we managed to put over 300 hazel, blackthorn, elder, dogdrose and crab apple on to a steep bank. These should slow the flow of water down the slope, help to reduce erosion and provide valuable habitat for wildlife.

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Having planted the trees there was much drousy lazing in the sunshine before delicious cake and juice at the house.
Well done to all involved! You really are making a difference.
Tom Rawson, 11/05/2016