Nearest town or settlement: Huntly
Contact name: Liz Shortall
Tel: 01466 794161
Website: The Scottish Forest Alliance
At the outset the project’s objectives were to:
- recreate a landscape that used to exist in Scotland centuries ago, by planting native tree species e.g. oak, birch, rowan, ash, alder and hawthorn
- rebuild biodiversity by keeping large open spaces and sympathetic planting to attract flora and fauna
- involve local communities through employment as well as events e.g. tree planting, fungi walks
- develop recreational routes for walkers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts
- provide teaching and research opportunities for school children, students and academic institutions
The project was launched in November 2002 and attracted hundreds of people to take part in tree planting, art projects, and a Nuts about Nature camping event with wildflower and moth walks, and woodland workshops. In April 2006 the project went for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records by planting the most number of trees in the space of an hour, thanks to local residents and school children.
The first ten years of the project saw intesive work creating in excess of 10,000 hectares of new native woodland habitats in Scotland. Now nature can take its course as the woodland habitats grow and mature.
In 2010 the project was selected as a Case Study for the 18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference. An event held every 5 years to bring together forestry experts from around the Commonwealth.