MeWe: Friends of Nature UK alternative news channel

12th November, 2022

For those worried about tracking, data privacy, ethics, etc. of the social media giants... we are now trialling Friends of Nature news on the MeWe platform as possible alternative.  With no advertising the social media offering seems very easy to navigate, has been around since 2012 and currently has circa 20 million users/accounts. 

Our page is here:  or by clicking the MeWe logo at the bottom of our homepage next to the other social media sites.

Trees for Life: Rewilding the Scottish Highlands. Ath-fhiadhachadh na Gàidhealtachd.

26th October, 2022

At our Friends of Nature house we allocate £1 for every person staying to tree planting projects. During the 7 month season April to October 2022 we welcomed 616 guests and means we can plant a further 103 trees with TFL. Onwards and upwards as we adapt to some sort of 'new normal' and more guests will = more trees!!

Our grove donation is here:

Kirk Yetholm - Celebrating 80 Years in 2022

1st August, 2022

Our House at Kirk Yetholm celebrates 80 years of welcoming walkers, cyclists and all those who love nature and exploring our amazing countryside.

Good feature in the 2022 Hostelling Scotland magazine with whom we have ongoing strong ethos and ties:

...Ideal X-mas Gift...

3rd November, 2021
Friends of Nature 'Nalgene' drinks bottle
The 'Original' and 'Best' water bottle which will last a lifetime... printed with our very own logo and web address.  We are down to our final box and can now post to UK.
£12.50 incl. postage.  Minimum of £2/bottle going to the Naturefriends Climate Fund, currently supporting fruit tree planting with Naturefriends Senegal:
Bank transfer details:
Sort code: 089299
A/c no:  65667695
Borders Friends of Nature
(Bank = The Co-operative Bank, 1 Balloon Street, Manchester.  M60 4EP.)
Reference:  'Your Surname'
Mail your full name & address for posting to:

Signs of Life 2021...

3rd February, 2021
One year today since we planted trees at Kirk Yetholm for the 125th Anniversary of Friends of Nature.  Both seem to have become established, the Mountain Ash growing by circa 15cm and the Bird Cherry by 40 cm.  Great to see the snowdrops beginning to emerge, nature is waiting patiently to bring us new growth
Last year was not totally without hope.  We managed to get our 125 trees funded in the Highlands (well actually the total stands at 138 at time of writing) and a further 125 more locally in the Scottish Borders via Borders Forest Trust at Gameshope (near Selkirk).
Our 'Trees for Life' grove is ongoing and always available for trees to be added - a great place to dedicate a tree for a birthday, celebration or just a special day... you can write as much as you want on the web page which is a lasting reminder - it is fascinating reading thoughts from all parts of UK/Europe:
As Spring is on the horizon... we hope Covid-19 vaccines will roll-out TO ALL across the globe with an end to physical distancing and once again be able to see smiles instead of face coverings. Hang in there everyone!!