Friday, January 04, 2013

What is a Cleuch?

Cleuch Planting

We have just completed a Cleuch native planting project and when talking to people about this work it occured that some people might not know what a Cleuch is.

This is the scots word for a gorge, ravine, cliff or crag. Cleuch's can be very interesting places to find yourself, rich in flora and fauna you can come across some really intesting sights. Trees somehow grow out of rock faces where there roots are above there crown and recently we even came across some wild goats wondering around.

This film shows a Cleuch that we have recently restocked with native tree species in order to help the Black Grouse population re-establish itself.


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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

News for the New Year

All the best for 2013

Best wishes to everyone for the New Year from all at Treesurv.

It looks set to be a busy year with the planting work now well under way at the Corehead project and plenty of tree management work to fit in a long the way.
We had a busy time over the Christmas period with a native planting project at Fruid Farm, Tweedsmuir. This work involved Cleuch planting to re-establish habitat for Black Grouse, The interesting thing in doing this is that it is in a valley that connects up to the native planting we are undertaking at Lochan Burn, this also having the objective of providing habitat for Black Grouse. Further to this both sites are not too far away from the already established Carrifran Wildwood Project making the wider area in general something special.

Sunday the 6th Jan we are going to be having a get together at the Bothy in Lochan Burn for a drink and nibbles to welcome the New Year and toast the final phase of the planting work at Corehead. All are welcome and the plan is to meet at the Bothy for between 12 and 1pm. 

Over the next week we are going to be sending all of our clients a 2013 calendar but if you don’t receive one please don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be more than happy to send one to you.

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Sunday, December 09, 2012

Setting out the stakes

Using the Argo to run out stakes.

How high up do they go?


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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Pinching in the mist

One minute you know where you are the next you have disappeared!

Working at Lochan Burn


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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

A wintery scene

And so begins the winter adventure!

The journey back from Lochan Burn gets even more of an extreme adventure as the winter sets in!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012


Underplanting with Evergreen Oak, Quercus Ilex

Not all of our planting work means being on a remote hillside. Sometimes we are involved with planting in formal city gardens.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

First of the season

Christmas tree goes up at Scottish Sea Bird Centre


Some of team went to North Berwick this week to put up the Christmas Tree at the Sea Bird Centre. It's something that we always look forward to doing as it starts the build up to Christmas. To find out about all the things going on at the centre visit their website

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Thursday, November 08, 2012


The latest upgrade to our off-road ability.

When you go to the places we have to go you need one of these!!!

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

Photographs by Liz Hanson

Photographs of the airlift 

We were in the fortunate position to be able to have a professional photographer on site at Corehead to photograph the airlifting of materials to Lochan Burn. Liz Hanson kindly agreed to come down and take some photogrpahs to record the proceedings, ending with some great group photos of all the people involved in the day. We will try and put as many photos as possible on the website but in the meantime here is one of the group pics. A big thank you to Liz  for all her help, the photos are great! and good luck with the new book.

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Friday, November 02, 2012

Stoke up the stove

Trial run of the stove at Darcy Cottage

It turned cold today up at Lochan Burn, even a few flakes of snow fell, so we thought we would light the stove for a trial run. Its still to be put in situ properly, but worked great!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Ash Dieback Disease

Help identify the spread of the disease.

Too little too late? That is the question. Have the Powers That Be been a bit slow off the mark to do something about the spread of this disease? The Chalara Fraxinea Fungus appears to be spreading throughout the South of England. The BBC reports that 100,000 trees have now been destroyed to try and prevent the spread of the disease; they also report that 90% of the Ash population of Denmark has been killed by this disease! As clearly this would not have just happened over night, why were measures not put in place long before now to prevent the spread of the disease to the UK?.

We all need to help monitor the local Ash population for signs of this disease. A mobile App has been launched to try and map the spread of the disease. The Ashtag App allows the user to upload pictures and report possible sightings. This information is then passed onto the Forestry Commission. 

For more info on what to look for, check out

Let's all keep our eyes open for this one!

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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Our Latest Accomodation

The Lochan Burn Bothy (Darcy Cottage), Corehead

Lochan Burn is so isolated that we decided to build ourselves a Bothy to shelter from the harsh weather. The plan is to install a home made stove for heat and cooking facilities, some of the team even want to sleep there!

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The call of nature

Corehead Compost Toilet, Loo with a View

When you need to go, you need to go!. We have built our first compost toilet.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lochan Burn, Corehead

Work started on the 4th September 2012.

An extreme site calls for extreme measures, the most efficient way to get heavy and bulky materials to site was to use a Helicopter.

The first working day on site involved 33 round trips with the Helicopter dropping the materials on designated drop zones in the compartment, marked out the week before.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Extreme Planting at Corehead

Lochan Burn- Planting at its most extreme!

Lochan Burn is the third instalment of planting at Corehead, the track to the site gives you the chance to see some of the most spectacular views to be had in the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway

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