Jim Sinclair and son Graeme are tenants of Lord John Borthwick at Crookston hill farm, 15km north east of Galashiels. The business comprises 2,100 sheep and 100 suckler cows.
With extreme weather events becoming more frequent, the farm tenants (with the landowner’s support), were keen to help slow the flow of flood water to towns downstream. Tweed Forum facilitated the work, which includes: 55ha of new riparian woodland planting, the creation of six wildlife ponds, riverbank protection and shading of headwater streams for fish.
Over the last five years, with the assistance of Tweed Forum, the Sinclair family have hosted many farm visits. They have held farm walks for local farmers, to help demonstrate that this kind of work can be a win-win situation for the business, for the community and for the environment. Awareness raising events have also been held for the local community.