Volunteering year starts at Glenlude

Several ad hoc work days and a four day work party in the Borders started the volunteering year on the Trust's properties.

Several ad hoc work days and a four day work party in the Borders started the volunteering year on the Trust's properties.

In February, five volunteers came along to three ad hoc work days to help at Glenlude and 15 enjoyed a wide range of weather for a long weekend at the end of the month.

The winter weather had blown over a lot of tree tubes across the site and volunteers have been working their way around re-staking them as well as weeding. Work also has carried on building the polly tunnel for the tree nursery that we are establishing at Glenlude. This has included constructing the walls of the tunnel which have gauze as well as roll down polythene. The irrigation system was installed and connected to a pipe from the borehole.

One very wet day was spent sorting through second hand tree tubes donated to us from the nearby Glen estate and building the doors for the tunnel in the comfort of the volunteers shelter. The final day of the long weekend work party saw an overnight snow fall which fortunately all disappeared by lunchtime.

The next work party at Glenlude is at the end of March, but we are already planning some ad hoc work days. If you would like to be added to the email list for volunteering at Glenlude, contact Sandy Maxwell.

Find out more about our 2014 conservation work party programme.

You can see more pictures of work at Glenlude on our Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/groups/glenludeworkparties/