by Tom Brownsort

The team travelled to Eddleston, on a freezing cold February day to plant trees which helped combat flooding downstream on the river Tweed. The trees helped prevent flooding by absorbing the water in the ground preventing it from flowing into the river.

The task was hard work due to the frosty ground making it very hard to dig a hole to plant the trees in, but the team persevered all morning before stopping for a lunch break. A fire was lit to keep us warm and hot drinks were passed around.

We spent some more time planting trees after lunch before heading back to the van and driving to a different section of Eddleston water. Here we were given an explanation, by our ranger Hugh, of all the work going on in the rivers in the area to help reduce the effect of any flooding that could occur downstream. Many of the methods they used were surprisingly simple for example: creating meanders in the river to reduce the speed of the water which would help reduce the rivers energy meaning it would not be able to create as much damage if the river was to flood.

We travelled back to Tynecastle that afternoon feeling chilly but satisfied with the work we had done, and all having learnt many new things.