With your support, Dundreggan will be a very different place in 50 years time. Natural woodland, with open glades intermingled with denser areas, will stretch up from the banks of the River Moriston. This diverse forest of oak, pine, aspen, hazel, juniper and birch will grade into montane scrub that will cover much of the higher slopes. Wildlife flourishing in this abundant woodland habitat will include red squirrel, capercaillie, European beaver, wild boar, osprey, black grouse and wood ants. Twinflower, creeping ladies tresses and other rare woodland plants will thrive. The forests of Dundreggan will no longer be isolated, but part of a larger expanse of native woodland from Glen Affric Nature Reserve in the north to Glen Moriston, and the shores of Loch Ness in the south east.
But we can't do this alone. To deliver this extensive programme of restoration at Dundreggan we need to raise £100,000 each year.
As a Friend of Dundreggan you will enjoy
Our annual Friends of Dundreggan Day took place on 28 August and featured a tour for all of our donors of the Tree Nursery and a visit to the boar enclosure, but the boar didn’t oblige by showing themselves - they were probably asleep by the time everyone got there! Doug Gilbert and Alan Watson Featherstone gave a joint presentation about the amazing work that donations have enabled over the last 8 years as well as plans for the years ahead.
Our donors also had the opportunity to do some hands-on work at a new planting area by the River Moriston and planted the first trees of the next round of tree planting to be done on the Estate. A few days afterwards, this scheme received funding approval to plant 300,000 trees, so this was a very important symbolic start to a major project!
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Gordon Buchanan, Trees for Life Patron