What we’re doing
We're gradually replacing part of the conifer plantation at Glenlude with native broadleaf trees. We're also planting native woodland on some of the open grassland. The trees we plant are grown from seed that we collect locally and grow in our tree nursery, which our local volunteers built.
Volunteers do a lot of the work at Glenlude. In addition to the tree nursery, they’ve built a shelter for volunteers, a composting toilet and a tool store. They have also created a wild camping area.
Volunteers include schools and groups undertaking their John Muir Award, as well as John Muir Trust members. Phoenix Futures - a UK-wide drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity - manages a part of Glenlude now known as the Scottish Phoenix Forest. Jamie's Wood - a project in memory of Jamie Gardiner (1994-2017) - is fundraising to plant and nurture 1,500 trees on the northern side of the property over the next five years. Find out how to support this special memorial project.
About the land
- It was kindly gifted to the Trust in 2003 by the late Sheila Bell who had a vision to rewild this small corner of the Scottish Borders
- Habitats include blanket bog, calcareous flushes, dwarf shrub heath, heather and acid grassland.
- A section of the Paddock Burn is in the River Tweed Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for salmon, lamprey, otter and floating vegetation.
- Wildlife includes roe and sika deer, foxes, mountain hares, red squirrels, water voles, buzzards, barn owls, and red and black grouse. There’s a wide range of invertebrates & amphibians including palmate newts.