Darnick Community Woodland Association
A Borders Forest Trust Community Wood
at Broomilees Road, Darnick, Melrose
The Darnick Community Woodland lies to the northwest of the Village and covers an area of 7.5 acres. There are over three thousand trees with fourteen species of native trees from the ancient Ettrick Forest.
The woodland is split into two parts – "Shunters Wud" and "Wee Shunters Wud". The names are a reminder of the famous "Waverly Line" now buried under the soil in which the trees are growing. The railway closed in 1969 and was filled in with spoil from the new road system nearby.
In 1996/97, the Regional Council were looking for suitable sites for Community Woods. They approached Borders Forest Trust with a plan for the woodland. Planting began on 14th February 1998. Various groups were involved: villagers, schoolchildren. D.O.E. candidates, and at the follow-up stage The Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Gates and seats were added with a special seat to remind us of the railway, and an oak tree was planted to mark the Millennium.
The woodland walk is part of the Darnick Village Walk and explanatory boards can be found at the entrances to "Shunters Wud". Parking is in Broomilees Road.
Unfortunately,due to the repair of the bridge and new safety barriers erected without consultation,parking has been reduced by 50%
Chairman Bruce Brodie
Secretary Brenda Robertson (Tel: 01896 822724)
Treasurer Scott Waldie 01896823015
Tree wardens at present are:
Scott Waldie and co-opted member
Jimmy Wintrup, Broomilees Road. Well versed in countryside lore
Membership of the Association
Individual Annual Membership - £3
Family Annual membership - £5.
Membership 2005 starts 1/10/05 Monies/cheques to DCWA, c/o An Teallach,Tower Road Darnick TD6 9AX
Annual Fun Day this year was the last until 10th Anniversary in 2008. Wood will be looking even better by then. Pity about the staff, though.
AGM is on 7th November, 19.00 in village small hall.
Darnick Community Woodland Association, Scotland