Going back 5,000 years, there was an extensive network of Caledonian Pine forests which covered around 70% of Scotland’s land area. Due to pressures from climate change, grazing, and human impacts more generally, this ancient native ecosystem is in wavering health.
Beginning in 2014, the Future Forests project aimed to start the process of regenerating native forests and 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. So far we have planted almost 10,000 native trees, and we have another 175,000 viable seeds in storage to produce more trees for the future.
Funding for this project finishes in March 2019, so we have been working on how our important work of conserving and enhancing Ben and Glen Nevis can continue into the future. The Sponsor a Tree campaign aims to raise money to continue the work of the Future Forests project, improving woodland connectivity and encouraging community stewardship. When you sponsor a tree, you will be donating vital funds that 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. There are a range of donation amounts to choose from and all contribute to the costs of restoring these native forests in Glen Nevis.