Friends of Leadburn Community Woodland

Most local residents will be familiar with the area of clear fell at Leadburn on the right hand side of the A703 just after the Leadburn crossroads on the way to Eddleston - or perhaps you pass it daily on your commute in to Edinburgh. 

Well, it's time to start looking at it with new eyes.  Instead of just a rather bleak area covered in trash and tree stumps it's our vision to transform it into an area of native trees, warm and alive with wildlife, and well used by local people for recreation.

Leadburn Wood is an area of former conifer plantation, previously owned by the Forestry Commission. It was clear felled in 2001/2 and, due to its unsuitability for commercial forestry, the Commission chose to sell the site after the timber had been extracted.

The Friends of Leadburn Community Woodland was formed in 2005 and purchased the site in February 2007. Financial assistance with the purchase was received from the Scottish Land Fund and from the European Community Scottish Borders Leader+ 2000-2006 Programme.


This is an early picture of some volunteer helpers having a first look at what needs to be done.  Keep looking here for updates and for links to regular newsletters.

The woodland was opened officially on 1st April by Jeremy Purvis, our local MSP. Jeremy has followed the progress of this project since the initial stages and was pleased to come along and plant the first tree. The tree chosen was a sessile oak and is the single tree in the hollow next to the railway on the western side of the site. We are pleased to say that it is still alive and thriving! A sizeable group of members and supporters were there on the day to continue planting trees and also to share in the celebration cake baked by Jill Sales. This was a real work of art, complete with our logo and decorated with leaves.   Here is a photo of Jeremy's tree:

Volunteer Days

Friends of Leadburn Community Woodland run volunteer days on the last Sunday of every month.  Thank you very much to all who turned up to help last year - even in some appalling weather!  Last April, we were able to plant trees; the other days have mainly involved clearing some of the re-growth from the raised bog. Here, we welcome a much needed boost in manpower provided by 12 members of the Lothian Conservation Volunteers -

Volunteer Days are on the last Sunday of the month. All are welcome.  Start at 10am - but whatever time you can spare will be very welcome - whether 1 hour or 6.  Meet at the layby on the A703.  All tools are provided - but make sure you are warmly dressed.

Planting so far has concentrated on native deciduous trees. Most of these have had to be protected by tree shelters because roe deer are present. So far we have planted a total of 2,800 trees comprising 20 different species.  These include sessile oak, common alder, silver birch, goat willow and Scots pine. Last year's rather poor summer has meant that almost all of the tubed trees have grown very well; we believe that we have only lost one of them so far. I wonder if 2009 will be any better?





 Annual General Meeting 
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Leadburn Community Woodland (FLCW) is open to all and will be held in :
The Leadburn
soft play area)
at 7.30 pm on
Monday 26th November

Refreshments will be served.

Please come and hear of the considerable progress made over the last year and if interested in becoming more involved, put yourself forward as a nominee to the committee.  No pressure will be exerted(!) and all will be made most welcome.

Otherwise, please consider supporting us by becoming a member for the very reasonable fee of £5.00 Single or £10.00 Family
:    Membership Form (PDF) 

 FLCW Committee

Des O'Hanlon
01968 676 246

Vice Chair:   
David Sales
01721 730 355

Wendy Cunningham
01721 730 390

Membership Secretary:
Neil MacDonald
01968 674 136


Our current paid-up membership list contains 18 single members (£5) and 21 family members (£10). As family membership comprises two or more individuals, this gives a total of at least 60.

We are extremely grateful for your continuing support through the membership fee, as it provides much needed revenue for all those planned and unforeseen maintenance issues arising from managing and developing the woodland.

Please do continue to support us!

Funding update

Many thanks to Awards For All who granted us almost £10,000 towards improving access, drainage repairs, signs and seating.

FLCW on-line library


Newsletter No.3  Sept.07  PDF

Meetings and Reports etc:

Notice of AGM  2007   PDF
Short Plan   PDF

Other docs:

Membership Gift Aid Form

2011 Christmas Tree Sale!

2010 Fundraiser Advert  (pdf)