The Royal Scottish Forestry Society had its annual 4-day field meeting in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland during May this year.
Visits included Kylloes and Kielder Forests in Northumberland, the Bowmont Valley on the north side of the Cheviot Hills to see proposed flood control methods and the Roxburghe Estate near Kelso. A short visit to the one-time estate and woodlands of Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford, near Selkirk, finished off the event with a beautiful morning in woodlands near the River Tweed.
1. Considering what to do about unwanted regeneration of Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) in Kylloes Forest (seen in the background of this picture).
2. A good stand of young Corsican pine (Pinus nigra subsp. laricio) in Kylloes Forest.
3. Young Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) growing amongst gorgeous gorse (Ulex europaeus)
4. A Harvester at work in Kielder Forest. It fells the tree, takes off the bark, measures the length, and cuts it into lengths.
5. The ‘Cellulose Factory’ of Kielder. If you want lots of paper, you need this!
6. Kielder Water, a man-made lake much used for recreation.
7. The upper catchment of the Bowmont Water in the Cheviot Hill: beautiful but degraded.
8. With heavy rain, this tiny Water floods downstream, causing much damage. A wide margin of ‘Riparian’ (waterside) plants would help prevent that.
9. An attempt at ‘natural’ flood control downstream.
10. Flooding brought down all these stones and gravel and left them here.
11. The road just behind the gorse bushes was nearly washed away: by that tiny stream in Photo 7.
12. The boiler on the Roxburghe Estate which keeps the castle and some cottages warm (for the first time ever!)
13. Wood chips from the Estate forests, waiting to feed the boiler.