Glenlude

A rewilding hub for volunteer and community engagement in a small corner of the Scottish Borders

Glenlude
Broadleaf woodland and increased biodiversity is replacing commercial forestry at Glenlude. Photo by Keith Brame

Glenlude has fast become an important hub for rewilding volunteering and local engagement. The John Muir Trust is working on a 20-year plan to rewild this former sheep farm and conifer plantation. The result will be a mosaic of native habitats.

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A range of different groups and individuals are carrying out this rewilding work. These include Trust members, local volunteers and groups such as drug rehabilitation charity, Phoenix Futures. They're planting native trees, thinning out the conifers and growing seeds in their tree nursery.

Volunteers have built all the infrastructure at Glenlude. This includes the tree nursery, a shelter for volunteers, a composting toilet and tool store. They have also created a wild camping area.

Many volunteers are dedicated regulars. For others this is their first experience of taking part in outdoor activity and getting closer to nature. Their legacy will be a flourishing woodland and increased biodiversity in the decades to come. In the meantime, they’re learning about nature and enjoying the benefits that rewilding can offer – fresh air, exercise, and a better state of mind.

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