We are continuing to refine the plans for the arboretum. The latest list of birch (betula) species is given below. For those interested, you can see what they look like on Google Images.

Mid-summer and the trees are doing very well. It’s surprising to see so many having reached the top of their tubes in less than 4 months - testimony to the skills of the planting team!

After an extensive consultation, and tendering process, we have appointed a contractor to construct the initial pathways within the Kippford Community Nature Reserve.

This is the initial proposal for the arboretum. It will be revised in light of feedback we receive from the Kippford groups and advice we receive from the various plant and landscaping experts we consult.

Please note that Kevin Gibson (developer)  has advised that he will be closing the lower access from Merse Way through his new development and that this closure will take place with immediate effect.

UPDATE:  Pedestrian access is now available, however please be aware this is a working site and this may change.  Take care when walking.

This decision has been made for health and safety reasons and, whilst no timescale has been given, the closure is expected to be temporary. For the time being, there will therefore be no pedestrian or vehicular access.


24 Apr 2019

If you go down to the woods today.... Hog House Hill has a stunning display of spring bluebells carpeting the floor

Sowing the seeds

23 Apr 2019

Following the survey of the Nature Reserve, instigated by Val Bradbury conducted by David Hawker( Botanical Recorder for Kirkcudbrightshire), David advised on the ideal mix of wild flower seeds for our reserve.

Squirrel pox is a devastating virus which has a 95% fatality rate in red squirrels. Symptoms of the disease include pus-filled lesions on the face (particularly around the eyes and mouth), paws and genitalia with squirrels often showing signs of disorientation, lack of coordination and lethargy.

Life in a tube

30 Mar 2019

You will recall we've planted 4,600 trees in our Kippford Community Nature Reserve. However, it actually looks like we have planted 4,600 plastic tubes. These are to protect the saplings in the first few years of life -- mostly from the deer.


What a great turnout we had for our final weekend tree planting. Over 20 volunteers enjoyed the late winter sunshine (if not the cold northerly wind) to plant the block of 440 trees in the lower field.


On the evening on the 15th March 2019, the Village Hall hosted a fundraiser for the Dumfries Branch of Parkinson's UK.

We’re almost there!

Good progress has been made this week. By the end of Friday we estimate 4,000 trees will have been planted, leaving 600 to go.


We're delighted to report that the new hall curtains have been hung, and are looking great.

We had a great morning on Saturday with 14 volunteers planting from 9.00 to 12.00, and almost completing one area of 400 trees from start to finish! This really has boosted our progress.

We’ve had some pretty inclement weather to deal with this week on The Kipp, so well done to those who came along to help.

By the end of Friday, we should have finished the compartment above Kipp House, so, in total we must have planted 3,000 trees!

This week the tree planting continues.  We are currently working in the area behind Kipp House.  Come in through the top gate at The Kipp, walk up the field and veer to the left.
Planting times are weekdays 9-11am, and weekends 9am-12noon.  Please note that we are NOT planting on Wednesday this week as the forecast is poor.