Charity wood ­planted to offset carbon

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A Borders woodland has been planted thanks to cash from The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) in a bid to offset its carbon.

The 350-acre woodland on Borders Forest Trust’s (BFT) Corehead Farm, near Moffat, was developed and brokered by Forest Carbon, the work carried out by the Ancrum-based charity’s volunteers.

The three-year project was completed in the spring with 68,000 birch, 47,000 oak, 26,000 willow, 15,000 rowan, 13,000 alder, 12,000 hazel, 9,000 holly, 7,000 juniper, 9,000 hawthorn, 5,000 aspen and 2,000 cherry planted over three valleys – Tweed Hope, White Hope and Lochan Burn

Corehead manager Phil Roe said the Lochan Burn site, the last of the three to be planted, was the most challenging: “It was the furthest away and required helicopter work. We had to take special precautions for volunteers and there was mountain rescue provision. It was a major achievement.”

Reynaldo Guino-o, responsible for EICC sustainability practices, said: “As a globally focused business, we and those organisations that use our facilities bring an unavoidable carbon footprint through activities such as international air travel, air conditioning, lighting and catering. I am pleased EICC can now also support an important environmental landmark for Scotland’s countryside.”

Meanwhile, ‘Hunt the River Flies’, a free family science fun day, takes place at Corehead on Sunday afternoon.

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