A major spring clean has started at Jacob’s Well beside Coldstream Bridge, involving felling trees, making the well more prominent and replacing the walkway.
Jacob’s Well is a small spring which discharges from a pipe in a stone facade into a shallow depression which runs down to the Tweed. In 1995, the wood at Jacob’s Well was gifted to Woodland Trust Scotland by Lennel Estates to “increase its value to wildlife, the public and local landscape” and safeguard its future.
In recent years the Woodland Trust has looked to hand over responsibility for the area to a local group and Gerald Tait, on behalf of Coldstream Community Trust, has been involved in discussions that seem to be leading towards Douglas & Angus Estates buying the land and working with the community trust to maintain it.
As work got underway this week to fell 53 trees, to improve the view of the bridge and sightlines for drivers, Gerald Tait said: “Contractors of the Woodland Trust, Scotland have this week been felling a number of trees at the Jacob’s Well site and removing some of the dead branches.
“This is the first stage of an upgrade to the site. The second upgrade will take place in the summer when the wooden steps, signposts and walkway beside the well will be replaced.
“Meantime Coldstream Community Trust volunteers occasionally litter-pick the site.
“The walkway at the well hides the actual well and the walkway is to be moved a metre so walkers can see the stone well facade.
“We have uncovered the stone facade and stones of Jacob’s Well and exposed the lead-looking pipe. The flow to the river is better now.
“The intention of the Douglas and Angus Estates is to purchase the site from the Woodland Trust and the estate will then work with the Coldstream Community Trust in maintaining the site in the future. Maintenance is expected to be minimal: clearing steps of leaves, litter-picking, clearing the paths of branches and the occasional tree surgery.”