Large-scale restoration of Highland ancient woodland plantations under way

The Woodland Trust Scotland has embarked on major ancient woodland restoration project on estates in the north of Scotland following extensive surveying.

Image: Woodland Trust Media Library
Image: Woodland Trust Media Library

Since 2013, two specialist officers from the Woodland Trust Scotland's Ancient Woodland Restoration project have surveyed 11,000 hectares of plantations on ancient woodland (PAWS) sites, with nearly 1,000 hectares now undergoing restoration.

Woodland Trust Scotland project manager Peter Lowe said: "It's particularly important to ensure that these woods are in a process of restoration now because so many plantations on ancient woodland sites are coming to maturity and we need to agree their future management before they are felled."

He added: "There has been a lot of interest from landowners who are interested in ensuring that these sites are well managed, both on ecological grounds and also because it is an important part of certification for sustainable forestry."

The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Forestry Trust and the MacRobert Trust.

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