Help bring back our wild woods
Our forests play a crucial role in healthy ecosystems – providing clean air and carbon storage as well as important habitats for some of our rarest animals, such as red squirrels and pine marten. But human impact – including centuries of felling for timber, and ever-increasing numbers of deer and sheep – has had a devastating effect.
Native trees now cover just 4% of the UK, and remaining areas of ancient woodland are sparse. Though forestry practices are improving, plantations of exotic tree species, packed too densely for other wildlife to thrive, still make up much of our tree cover.
It’s vital that we work to repair this damage and bring back our wild woods. Please donate to our Wild Woods Appeal today and help these lost forests return.
Our Wild Woods Appeal
Our new Wild Woods programme is putting a spotlight on expanding woodlands in all the wild places we care for, starting with two of the wildest — planting and protecting 50,000 trees on Li and Coire Dhorrcail on Knoydart, and the Strathaird Peninsula on Skye. The forest remnants here belong to Scotland’s west coast Atlantic temperate woodlands, known as the Celtic Rainforest.
Skye: Transforming plantations into flourishing forests
This year, we plan to start the next phase of our Skye woodland regeneration plan, planting and protecting 28,000 trees along the Strathaird Peninsula. This newly restored broadleaf woodland will create a corridor of habitat for woodland species, and as the forest regenerates, it will support a greater variety of wildlife, including bats, shrews and woodland birds.
Knoydart: Rewilding this remote landscape
Over the past 30 years, we've planted thousands of seedlings in Knoydart, turning slopes once sparsely scattered with trees into a patchwork of rowan, Scots pine, oak and hazel. But natural regeneration is still proving difficult due to grazing pressure from deer. By planting 22,000 new trees, controlling bracken and installing a new temporary electric fence, we hope to establish a greater area of mature woodland on Knoydart to increase the seed source and the prospects of future natural regeneration.
This is a brilliant project; reforesting bare-sloped glens in Skye and Knoydart with rowan, oak and hazel. Results: an increase in the natural seed source & future natural regeneration; biodiversity gains; the return of the pine-marten. Win. Win. Win.Robert Macfarlane, writer
Donate to the Wild Woods Appeal today
How your gift can help:
£10 could buy 5 new native trees such as birch or rowan
£30 could plant and protect 3 trees, including staff time and equipment
£50 could help pay for fuel to transport staff and volunteers to Knoydart by boat
£150 could pay for 10 metres of fencing to protect new trees
£400 could buy 200 new native trees for planting
We need to raise £60,000 for the first year of this work. Any funds raised above this amount will go into our Wild Woods fund for woodland restoration work across all our properties.
By becoming a monthly donor to the Wild Woods Appeal you can support ongoing work to restore woodlands across all the land we manage, starting on Skye and Knoydart.
Your gift of £5/month over one year could buy 30 new native trees such as Scots pine, birch or rowan.
You can also text WOODS to 70490 to give a one-time gift of £5. This costs £5 plus a standard rate message cost.