Going paperless: Good for business, great for the forest

Go Paperless logo copy With the march of technology like cloud storage, collaborative documents, and mobile communication, the once fabled dream of a truly paperless office is now firmly within our grasp. Long the stuff of corporate urban legend, going paperless is now not only the environmentally sound thing to do, but it could also save organisations a small fortune.  … read more

  • 24th Sep 2018, by Alex MacLeod

Group leaders off duty

Group leader gathering A lot of people ask me, what do Conservation Week leaders do when we’re not running weeks? Well the real answer is just as varied as the amazing people who lead these weeks, but for the purposes of this article I can reveal what some of us were up to in early August. … read more

  • 30th Aug 2018, by John Hodgson

The Lynx and Us

Banner book cover A forest is more than trees, it is a web of life. It is complex and includes many thousands of different organisms all performing an important role, from the plants that make up the different layers of the forest to the fungi that help to recycle nutrients by decomposing dead material. Animals feed on the plants and each other to help ensure a natural balance. Crucial to this natural balance are the predators because they help to ensure there are not too many other animals eating the plants. All of the large predators, like wolves and bears, have been lost from Scotland because of human persecution. This is one reason why the forest cannot recover outside fences in the Highlands because there are so many deer that eat every tree seedling they find. … read more

  • 14th Aug 2018, by Steve Micklewright

Giving a boost to the ‘wee trees’ - Photoblog

IMG_3209 Collecting cuttings from rare montane willows is a difficult but vitally important task. Montane trees are specialist species which have adapted to grow at high altitudes, above the normal tree line, in the face of high winds and dramatic temperature changes. … read more

  • 19th Jul 2018

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

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