Visit to Philiphaugh Estate
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Venue: East Lodge, Philiphaugh Old Mill, Selkirk TD7 5LU
Members can visit the vibrant Philiphaugh Estate - winner of the Enhancing Our Environment Award at Scottish Land & Estates Helping it Happen Awards Ceremony in 2018.
Come along and see the Estate's Hydro Station and Salmon Viewing Centre - a popular tourist attraction but also more importantly a great educational facility. James Hunt from the Tweed Foundation will be explaining about the new Vaki fish counter, situated in Larinire fish pass and Luke Comins will give a briefing on the peatland restoration project which took place at Dryhope Farm on the Philiphaugh Estate; linking upland peatland restoration with the salmon fishing on the River Tweed, from catchment to catching fish! We will be visiting the Selkirk Gin Distillery Ltd and will hear from owners Alan Walker and David Myatt about their challenges and achievements. Finally finishing off with lunch in the lovely Waterwheel Café which the Philiphaugh Estate's restored walled garden supplies a wide variety of produce for, and produce can be bought fresh from the soil by visitors to take home also. Finally you have the option to drive to the Walled Garden for a tour and talk by head gardener Robbie Johnstone.
We look forward to seeing you at the Philiphaugh Estate on the 3 April - please book early to avoid disappointment!
10.00-10.30 Meet at Waterwheel café for coffee/tea.
10.30-10.45 Introduction to Philiphaugh Estate by Michael Strang Steel
10.45-11.00 Walk to Hydro with explanations en route by Michael Strang Steel
11.00-11.45 Detailed explanations from Charlie Rodger of Rodger(Builders) Ltd, who constructed the station.
Explanation of new Vaki fish counter, situated in Larinier fish pass, by James Hunt of Tweed Foundation.
11.50-12.25 Return to Salmon Viewing Centre with explanations from Michael Strang Steel and James Hunt.
Briefing on Peatland Restoration Project by Luke Comins, Tweed Forum.
12.30-13.00 Drive or walk to Selkirk Gin Distillery Ltd with talk by owners Alan Walker and David Myatt.
13.30-14.30 Return to Waterwheel Café for lunch.
14.30 After lunch option to drive to Walled garden for tour and talk by head gardener Robbie Johnstone