Wellbeing in the woods

IMG_1502 Trees for Life has been working with volunteers ever since it began. The vast majority of the 1.5 million trees we’ve planted so far have been put in the ground by people on our Conservation Weeks. Over the years, the volunteers and group leaders began to talk more and more about the restorative, healing power of a Conservation Week experience. It seemed that sharing time with others to bring nature back to a degraded landscape offered unique opportunities for people to explore their relationships with the natural world and with themselves. The awareness that Conservation Weeks help people’s mental wellbeing began to take hold. … read more

  • 13th Jun 2018, by Alan McDonnell, Conservation Projects Manager. Images © Trees for Life: Greenbuds 2018 volunteers

Take a closer look at the forest floor

wood ants When you look closely, it’s amazing what you’ll find in the forest. Doug Gilbert, Dundreggan Operations Manager, explores the forest floor in search of wood ants. A keystone species in the forest – wood ants play a major role in nature throughout the world, and Scotland is no exception. … read more

  • 9th May 2018, by Doug Gilbert, Dundreggan Operations Manager

Why can’t we talk about beavers?

PCA-20090604-10 Ending old conflicts about land management and wildlife means facing up to hard conversations positively, not hiding from them. The rush to trap a small family of beavers in Strathglass shows that the Scottish government is being overtaken by England’s increasingly progressive agenda for land use and the natural environment. … read more

  • 10th Apr 2018, by Alan McDonnell, image © Peter Cairns, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture

GRNLND2018 - Trees for Life: Carbon Offsetting and the Caledonian Forest

8 This spring Matthew and Leo will be travelling to Arctic Greenland, undertaking a 40-day expedition with both scientific and mountaineering objectives. Before setting off they kindly chose to offset the carbon footprint of their expedition by planting trees with us - restoring the wild forest. They hope to continue fundraising along the way with donations going to Trees for Life and Anxiety UK. Matt wrote this blog to show why he believes carbon offsetting is so important. … read more

  • 28th Mar 2018, by Matthew Hay

Saving our Seeds: An inspirational week at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank

IMG_2901 Our new Caledonian Forest Research Centre at Dundreggan, funded with the help of donations and grants, will come into operation later this year. It provides a much-needed opportunity to improve our seed preparation facilities. To help ensure we have the right equipment, our nursery team recently took part in a week-long training course at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst to learn from the global experts in seed storage. … read more

  • 22nd Mar 2018, by Emma Beckinsale. Image - the Kew Millennium Seed Bank

Getting Dirty With Trees For Life

small IMG_5558 6:30 am. The world is white and the air is full of water. It’s that crisp morning chill when you’d rather nurse a cup of hot tea inside, or, better even, snuggle under a thick blanket. But… Cuck-oo.  … read more

  • 6th Nov 2017, by Kira Tverskaya

Connecting with nature

IMG_0091 The world of conservation can sometimes be quite focused on the accumulation of knowledge and facts – which is great! The natural world is endlessly fascinating, but could it be that focusing exclusively on this very intellectual kind of connection to things becomes an obstacle to a deeper, more emotional connection? … read more

  • 18th Oct 2017, by Tom Morgan

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