With your help we are expanding the existing remnants of native woodland and encouraging the rich habitats of this extraordinary place.
Li and Coire Dhorrcail
1. 3,000 acres of land within the Knoydart National Scenic Area, noted as a beautiful and spectacular landscape in one of the most remote parts of Scotland.
2. The first area of land purchased by the John Muir Trust in 1987 following the threat of acquisition by the Ministry of Defence.
An impressive start
This image shows volunteers planting the first seedling in Coire Dhorrcail in the 1980s. Over the past 25 years we have doubled the amount of native woodland on Li and Coire Dhorrcail to over 6%.
This progress must not be lost. With your help we will continue to expand native tree cover to at least 10%, planting 50,000 trees over the next four years.
1. Predominantly made up of tree species that would naturally occur on a site without direct human intervention.
2. Offers a variety of habitats for insects, birds and mammals with a light airy understory which enables a wide range of plants to thrive.
Award-winning land management
In June 2015 the Trust's work at Li and Coire Dhorrcail was recognised by Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards as “an exemplar of sustainable land management”, winning the New Native Woods prize.
“Over the decades I’ve seen dramatic progress thanks to the heroic work of staff and volunteers. Where there were only remnants clinging to the steepest slopes, there is now spreading, open woodland including Scots pine, birch, willow, rowan, hazel and oak.” Lester Standen, Property Manager
To find out more about Li and Coire Dhorrcail and watch a short film about the Trust's work in Knoydart visit our property page.
1. An approach to restore natural processes, repair damaged ecosystems and reintroduce lost species; example expanding native woodland.
2. Closely aligned with the ethos of the John Muir Trust and how it has taken forward progressive land management in the last 30 years.
In Knoydart volunteers and staff have planted thousands of trees by hand due to a lack of seed source, encouraging wildlife to return and demonstrating rewilding in action. For Knoydart and for other wild areas, we hope to show that a rewilding approach to woodland management benefits both conservation and the community.
A leafier future
Together we can realise Knoydart’s potential
- £5 allows us to protect 3 trees from browsing
- £15 buys 100 native tree saplings
- £50 enables 5 volunteers to transport materials to Knoydart by boat
Thank you to all those individuals and organisations who support the work of the John Muir Trust, we simply could not do it without you. A special thank you to those who have supported our Knoydart Appeal:
Patsy Wood Trust