Talla & Gameshope is an upland site in the Tweedsmuir Hills that covers 1,832ha of rolling hills reaching 800m Above Sea Level and features two valleys which feed the Talla Reservoir, one of the main water supplies for the city of Edinburgh. Purchased by our partner in 2015, work has begun on the restoration of lost and degraded habitats including the planting of 183,000 native trees and the restoration of 60 ha of blanket bog peatland. With the Phase 1 Planting Plan now nearing completion, attention has turned to planning Phase 2. The focus of this planting is in the more remote upper areas of the Talla Water and the middle section of the Gameshope Burn called Donald’s Cleuch. The project will plant 161,250 mixed native broadleaved trees over 130ha of land, planting at a density of 1240 stems/ha.
The tree planting will restore native woodlands to an area where deforestation occurred centuries ago. The restored woodland will provide a valuable habitat for plants, birds and animals. A much greater diversity of species is supported in native woodland that the impoverished existing habitats that are being planted so the creation of this woodland will have significant biodiversity benefits for a range of plants, animals, invertebrates and birds.
A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our Scotland projects, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
Our partner will plant mixed broadleaved woodland species such as Sessile Oak, Silver Birch, Downy Birch, Alder, Rowan, Wild and Bird Cherry, Hazel, Holly, Aspen, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Wych Elm, Grey Willow, Goat Willow, Eared Willow, Bay Willow, Juniper, Elder Mountain. Woodland species to be planted include, Downy Willow, Dark Leaved Willow, Tea-Leave Willow, Juniper, Dwarf Birch.
The planting will help to bind and stabilise soils, reducing the risk of landslides on the steep and unstable soils. It is particularly important to maintain a good clean water supply at Talla & Gameshope as the water flows into to the reservoir which provides drinking water to Edinburgh.
This project will engage volunteers in native woodland restoration and this is achieved primarily on the Wild Heart sites through tree planting opportunities. This project aims to help give individuals a sense of place in our natural landscape, helping to them to connect to the land and give back to nature.
Associated with climate change is flooding and the prediction of flood events happening more frequently and more severely. Woodland has a greater capacity to intercept rain water than unplanted ground and can therefore reduce the rate of water flow into rivers and help to combat flood risk.