Ready to go

Ready for Sunday at TVFF on Peebles Green as well as NaiLit.
Come along and have a go with it and cut a slice off a log.
The saw was made especially for us last week in Sheffield.

Conkers on Saturday and we’re making a coracle which some unsuspecting soul is testing in the Tweed on Sunday.

Come and join us on Tweed Green over the weekend

Here’s the LINK to the rest of the program.

Music, food and a bar in the marquee on Saturday night (7:30)

Dave did the work

And I tested it!

Here’s the sawhorse for the Tweed Valley Forest Festival under construction. Mkll with larger holes than the first model.
Dave did the boring bit and I was type cast for the shapely legs bit.
Tested with a log as a rather high bench.
We’ve ordered a new  two person saw so you can all come along and cut a placemat off the end of a log. The Nailit will also be on it so come and take part.
Conker Championships on the Saturday and sawing and Nailing on Sunday.


Wooplaw troops are making a coracle over the weekend on Tweed Green.
The Beggar Girls will be playing on Saturday night in the marquee – tickets at the door. BBQ and bar so what more do you need?

Two part saw horse.

Nearly ready

testing times

Just Testing


Plantlife walk

On Sunday we managed a great walk, partly in the rain to see what would be involved if we took on a Plantlife square or two.
Basically we’ll need to record whether we find 99 different plants and then see how they change over the years.
Ali Murfitt came and showed us what to do and we found lots but didn’t necessarily  record them.
We’re going to register and then hopefully have some plant ID sessions and get recording.
Dave H took these pictures.

Here’s the LINK

Getting ready for the TVFF

Here’s the big saw with new Wooplaw Ash handles. Emma Chapman let us have two which her parents had for years. The woodworms had been enjoying the handles though. The new ones came from the big ash bough which fell near the path from the carpark to the cabin.

Ready for the new Scottish Log Sawing Championship at Peebles on October 20th.

Rules and Regs being worked out and the saw is getting a try out at the Community Woodlands Conference in August. It’ll be fun taking it to Skye as foot passengers.

We’ll see how we get on and you can all have a shot at the festival.

Is it Summer?

The weather seems to think so and so do the cherry trees at Gullet Wood.

Tasty too after the photo was taken.

The fruit trees planted by the Galashiels Rotary Club seem to be thriving although a bit young yet for fruit.

There’s a lovely new Rowan tree planted down near the roundhouse so quite a lot to look for if you go around the Gullet Trail.

Sandy reckons that the bird you can hear but never see from the picnic table near the pond is a Grasshopper Warbler. A bit like a fishing reel being wound in. Hear one HERE.


Just right


Bill Hogarth has been around and done the second strimming of the year and the paths really are inviting just now.
The three marked trails have all been cut and it’s great getting around them.

The millions of tadpoles have turned into millions of little frogs so watch as you walk near axehead pond.

Here’s the path at Gullet just down from the car park where the dry stone wallers are coming to do some more work on Sunday.

Sausage Sizzle

Many thanks for the use of the wood last night a great night was had by all.

“As another year draws to a close at Lauderdale Scout Group, we decided to have a family “sausage sizzle” at Wooplaw, the evening weather was kind, although the midges were out in force. We took full use of the woodland with nearly 50 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers running around the woodland playing games. The evening was finished off with Sausages cooked on the BBQ, and marshmallows toasted on the open fire. A big thank you to all involved with the community woodland for providing such great facilities
Andy Beaumont - Lauderdale Scout Group”

Guides’ Award Evening

Baden-Powell Challenge Award

Lara Gueldner, Cara Smith, Isabella Timmins, Gemma Stoddart & Lauren Thomson who are members of the 1st Galashiels Guide Unit, were presented with their Baden-Powell Challenge Award on Monday 10th June 2013, by Gail Fox, County Commissioner  for Tweed Valley, at a special evening BBQ held Wooplaw Woods, near Galashiels, attended by their family, friends and the rest of the Guide Unit. The whole Unit enjoyed being out of doors playing games, cooking on the BBQ & eating the celebratory cake, cut by the 5 BP Guides.

The 5 girls have gained the highest award a Guide can achieve, by
completing ten different challenges. Some of these were, organising a mini Olympics, fundraising for the Guide Friendship Fund, celebrating a festival from another culture, a disability awareness evening & using their IT skills to make a new resource for the Guide Unit. They also gained several badges, including Healthy Lifestyles, Independent Living, Cook, Culture & Water Safety.


Greenwood Weekend

Over the weekend we made a herd of wild mustangs  and there are 7 more shaving horses out there.
Youth Vision came down on Saturday and made 2.  Another went all the way up to Aberdeen and one to Dunbar.
We’ve promised to make a pole lathe for Youth Vision so will get that done and have a day using it with them.

Young Patrick seems to have enjoyed it;

I went to Wooplaw to make a shave horse and came home inspired, wanting to make more things out of wood as I have learned many more skills and learned to operate new tools. I saw people make many things, such as spoons, gypsy flowers and wood sprites. I was also allowed to have a shot of a pole lathe. You can walk around the grounds and see many different forms of wildlife and other wooden sculptures. You can camp there if you want and everyone is friendly so if you decide to go you will have great fun J Patrick Kane (age 13)

A great weekend and the greenwood folk will be back on Sunday 30th




Pole courtesy of AHL Scaffolding - thanks

Today the solar panel went up. The pole is hoisted and the cables installed.


Sitting on top of the world


Just bolt it to the side


There's no dignity fixing this pole.














You can almost see Lauder




Still no dignity








Then the matter of the hole for the router.