Half a million native trees will be planted in Glen Moriston following Tree’s for Life’s purchase of the Dundreggan Estate. The charity, which has bought over 4,000 hectares in a £1.6 million deal, plans to re-connect the forest between Glen Moriston and Glen Affric. The site currently has about 100 hectares of ancient woodland.
Trees for Life, based in Findhorn, Moray, has already been involved in a number of other projects including the planting of thousands of native tree in Glen Affric. The aim is that the forest will provide a habitat for many species, including wood ants and black grouse, and increase the bio-diversity of the region.
The purchase is Trees for Life’s most important project to date and followed more than two years of negotiations. Founder and executive director, Alan Watson Featherstone, said: “This is a massive step forward in achieving our vision of a renewed Caledonian Forest. It is a huge milestone for us, and we look forward to restoring Dundreggan into a wild landscape that the UK and Scotland can be proud of.”