What we’re doing
Our aim at Glenlude is to demonstrate exemplary land management in the community. We set out to engage with people from all walks of life, especially those who have limited access to wild places.
Together, we work methodically to replace the continuous cover forestry with native broadleaf trees and introduce some native woodland on the open grassland. The trees we plant are grown from seed collected locally and grown in our tree nursery.
Amongst other tasks we show volunteers how to plant and maintain young trees, monitor plant and animal life, as well as how to weave felled conifers into robust brash hedges. These hedges are a more sustainable way to protect tree seedlings from roe deer browsing.
We want to make the process of caring for Glenlude completely inclusive - as enriching for those who visit and volunteer as it is for the land.
A hub for volunteering
Glenlude enables learning about nature and enjoying the benefits that rewilding can offer, such as fresh air, exercise and a better state of mind.
Volunteers have built all the infrastructure at Glenlude. This includes the tree nursery with poly tunnel, a hub for volunteers, the composting toilet, firewood store and a wild camping area.
Volunteers include schools and groups undertaking their John Muir Award, John Muir Trust members and Edinburgh based youth engagement charity The Green Team.
Phoenix Futures - a UK-wide drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity - now manages a part of Glenlude known as the Phoenix Forest, Scotland. Jamie's Wood - a project in memory of Jamie Gardiner (1994-2017) - is fundraising to plant and nurture 1,500 trees on the northern side of the property.
Many volunteers are dedicated regulars, but for others Glenlude is their first experience of getting closer to nature. Their legacy will be a flourishing woodland and increased biodiversity in the decades to come.
Wildlife at Glenlude
Wildlife includes roe and sika deer, red squirrel, pine marten, otter, adder and palmate newts; bird species such as buzzard, barn owl, black grouse and crossbills migrating through. There's also a wide range of invertebrates, and some UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species such as Northern Brown Argus and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies.