Today saw the 10,000th native tree from the Future Forests project planted in Glen Nevis by musician Gary Innes. Being from Fort William originally, we thought it would be appropriate to ask Gary to come join us to mark this monumental milestone.
Gary had his accordion on standby but in true Lochaber style, the weather did now allow for a musical interlude. Despite the rain, he was undeterred and happy to get a bit muddy for the tree planting cause.
Beginning in 2014, the Future Forests project started the process of restoring the native woodland in Glen Nevis. Key to the success of the project was bringing together the local community, enabling them to get hands on in the whole process from propagating trees from to planting them out in the Glen. We still have 3,500 Scots pine saplings left to plant and enough seed for 175,000 trees in storage.
We hope that future work on native forest regeneration in Glen Nevis will be supported by our new fundraising campaign, Sponsor a Tree. Donations to the Sponsor a Tree campaign can go towards tree planting, exclosure fencing, tools, materials and education days for school students and volunteers. As well as growing our future forests, we will continue to work to enhance habitats for native wildlife and maintain paths to provide sustainable access to this unique environment.
We would like to thank the programme funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, and the Woodland Trust and landowners Jahama Highland Estates.