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.
UPDATE - November 2019: Thanks to your generous support we have now reached the £60,000 appeal target to fund the first year of the Wild Woods programme on Skye and Knoydart. But with your help we could do even more. All donations to this appeal will go into our Wild Woods fund for woodland restoration work across all our properties.
Our Wild Woods Appeal
Our Wild Woods programme is putting a spotlight on expanding woodlands in all the wild places we care for, from Knoydart and Skye to Glenlude, Schiehallion and Ben Nevis. Public support for the first phase of the Wild Woods programme has raised more than £60,000 towards planting 50,000 trees on Skye and Knoydart and helping to restore this unique habitat, part of the Celtic Rainforest.
Skye: Transforming plantations into flourishing forests
In 2020, we will start planting 28,000 trees along the Strathaird Peninsula on Skye. This newly restored broadleaf woodland will create a corridor of habitat for woodland species including bats, shrews and woodland birds.
Glenlude: From farm and forestry to native habitats
At Glenlude in the Scottish Borders, a former sheep farm and forestry plantation, we're gradually replacing non-native conifers with native broadleaf trees and planting native woodland on open grassland. We're using seeds collected from trees on site and locally, which we grow in our tree nursery.
East Schiehallion: Joining old and new woodlands
At East Schiehallion, we're working with partners and neighbouring landowners to create the Heart of Scotland Forest, stretching across 3,000 hectares of Highland Perthshire.
Knoydart: Rewilding this remote landscape
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.
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
£150 could pay for 10 metres of fencing to protect new trees
£400 could buy 200 new native trees for planting
All funds raised 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. £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.