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Carrifran Glen

A valley in the Moffat Hills of the Scottish Borders, Carrifran Glen lies 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Moffat. The valley lies within the Moffat Hills Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which has also been designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). In the valley, a broken bow (the Rotten Bottom Bow) discarded by a hunter 6,000 years ago was discovered by a hill-walker in 1990. Subsequent pollen studies of peat cores have provided a 10,000-year record of the vegetation in the valley, reaching back to the end of the Ice Age. This prompted environmental enthusiasts to initiate a scheme to restore the Carrifran Glen to its former wooded state. In 2000, the Borders Forest Trust bought the valley, which represents 650 ha (1600 acres) of land. By 2008, the trust had planted 450,000 native trees and shrubs which form the Carrifran Wildwood.


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