Belhaven Hill children plant nearly 200 trees in the Borders

On Sunday afternoon a dozen boys and girls volunteered to join family and friends to plant nearly 200 trees in the Borders.

After the Sunday service we hopped into a minibus and were soon whizzing down the A68 to a beautiful hillside above Earlston.

Sunday's tree planting event was the third event that children have planted trees in the Tweed catchment. Following the awful damage caused by last winter's deluges Belhaven Hill has committed to helping to reduce flooding in the Tweed catchment. Previous events on the Eddleston Water and at Holylee have seen pupils and families plant nearly 1,400 trees already.

Big group
What a place! What a team!

In contrast to the two earlier events funded and supplied by the Woodland Trust, IKEA and Tweed Forum this was a completely homegrown affair. All the oak and hazel trees planted had been grown in the milk-bottle nursery from seeds collected by the children.

Dug deep down into the dark red clay we hope that the roots of these trees will help to prevent erosion and reduce the speed that rainwater enters local burns. Over time, these trees could really help to reduce the effects of future flooding events in the Tweed Valley.

After an hour or so of hard work we had planted a small oak wood c70m long that could last for hundreds of years.

More importantly, it was time to load up the trailer once more and bounce down the hill for some delicious cakes and sausages - YUMMY!!
Well done to all involved!

The trees had been grown in old plastic milk bottles from Pumpkin Patch Nursery arranged in fish boxes washed up on the beach.

groupTeam Extreme ready to work

lots of chat
There was lots of chatting.

along the line
The new wood starting to take shape

tree creepers
Lounge leopards taking a break

A good job well done.

Tom Rawson, 19/09/2016