Lottery funding of £3/4m for ancient Caledonian woodland

The Woodland Trust's appeal to secure the future of a vast remnant pine forest in the Scottish Highlands has been boosted by a £750,000 award from the People's Postcode Lottery.

Image: Vince Smith (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Vince Smith (CC BY 2.0)

The award takes the trust halfway to its target of £4.5 million to buy and restore Loch Arkaig pine forest north of Fort William, in partnership with Arkaig Community Forest (see HW 8 April).

Described as one of the largest remaining single fragments of ancient Caledonian pinewood in Scotland, the 1,000-hectare forest is being sold by Forest Enterprise Scotland under the National Forest Land Scheme which gives community organisations the chance to buy land where this will provide increased public value.

The Loch Arkaig funding is part of a £2.3m lottery funding package backing the work of the Woodland Trust throughout Scotland, England and Wales, including supporting free tree packs for schools and community groups, and Green Tree Schools Awards.

Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight said: "Wherever players are in Britain they will be supporting tree planting and protection of woods in their own area – while helping secure and restore this venerable old forest at Loch Arkaig."

Non-native conifers will be slowly removed from the forest over the next 20 years, while enabling wildlife tourism is intended to boost the local economy.


Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

What's in store for arboriculture in 2017?

What's in store for arboriculture in 2017?

Biosecurity, contractor scheme, electric equipment, flood mitigation and pest threats.

Buyers' guide - chainsaws

Buyers' guide - chainsaws

Chainsaw sales are buoyant at the moment; it's that time of year. Winter gale damage needs clearing and firewood preparing. But if you are in the market for a chainsaw, how do you pick the best out of the hundreds of options available?

Tree stakes and ties

Tree stakes and ties

There are various different methods to provide support for trees depending on their size and location, Sally Drury explains.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Arboriculture Contracts & Tenders

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.