Uncovering our ancient relics

I enjoy reading Corbie’s articles, especially the one published on May 19.

Having been to the Douglas Stanes the day before publication, I was horrified to find several mature sitka trees had suffered wind damage and fallen onto the stones. When planting took place, the circle remained intact, but the close proximity of the trees has resulted in little room for anyone to find this atmospheric spot made famous in the ballad ‘The Douglas Tragedy’.

There are eight stones, representing Lady Margaret’s father and seven brothers, said to have been slain at this spot. At least I hope there are eight, but uprooted trees made it impossible to check how many have survived.

It is of continuing concern that harvesting this forest will mean the demise of the Douglas Stanes (grid ref. 269 286) along with the higher stone circle (grid ref. 268 287). The forest is owned by Kronospan, but previous attempts at contacting this company have failed to elicit a response.

I firmly believe that companies involved in the afforestation of our historic Borderland should be compelled to maintain access for the public to view the ancient relics placed on our soil.

Jennifer Payne

Shawpark Road