Explore the new Dundreggan Rewilding Centre

 

 

Dundreggan is our flagship rewilding estate

 

A unique place rich in natural and cultural heritage where real change is happening, a place that Trees for Life believe should be shared with more people.

We are developing an exciting new project to do just that: the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, on schedule to open in early 2022.

The rewilding centre will enable us to welcome a larger, more diverse audience to Dundreggan, making it the place where people come to discover a landscape restored after centuries of exploitation and leave inspired to engage with rewilding. The new wild landscape and its ancient connections to Gaelic will encourage people to ‘rewild’ themselves by connecting with nature and exploring heritage of the Highlands. It will become a gateway for people to experience rewilding in different ways that are best suited to them; from a casual visit while passing through, to immersive experiences, encouraging the idea that we can work with nature rather than against it so that it becomes the norm across a diverse audience.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2022, when we open the doors to rewilding.

The rewilding centre project is part of a Scottish programme of projects to invest in the Highlands and Islands to provide more and better quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets. The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund is led by Scottish Natural Heritage and is part funded through the European Development Fund (ERDF).

The project is also generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and the Audemars Piguet Foundation.

An online questionnaire ran from 21 May through 4 June to gather feedback for our planning application. A full report on the results of the consultation can be viewed here – thank you to everyone who took part in our survey.

Download the full consultation pack here.

Visitors

Visitors will directly experience the forest through: events aimed at a variety of audiences and interests; accessible habitat including a forest play area and all-ability trails; step-free access from parking through a visitor centre, exhibition space and café designed to bring the outdoors in.

Gaelic will be a focus of interpretation throughout, culminating in a Gaelic resource centre that will serve as an archive and learning space, an idea incorporated into the project after feedback from local residents. Other adaptable indoor spaces, including a lecture room and classrooms, will provide opportunity for varied educational programming and study related to conservation, nature and culture.

Design

We have been working with a design team led by Threesixty Architecture to develop plans for the centre; they are making our vision of a building that feels part of the Dundreggan landscape a reality and we are excited to be able to share the design concepts with you here.  It is important for us to share them now, prior to submitting our planning application by 22 June, so the community is fully informed of plans and has a say in how the centre can function for them.

Community

Community consultation has been an important part of our planning process from the beginning, already resulting in the Gaelic resource centre and influencing the interpretation themes, and we want to continue to engage local residents, our supporters and the wider community by asking for additional feedback.

An online questionnaire ran from 21 May through 4 June to gather feedback for our planning application.

A full report on the results of the consultation can be viewed here – thank you to everyone who took part in our survey.

Thank you for helping us create a place where everyone can engage with the natural and cultural heritage of Dundreggan.

Accommodation

A 40-bed accommodation building separate from the rewilding centre will allow for longer, more immersive experiences for students, researchers and volunteers who take part in activities there. The entire development will be powered and heated by a sustainable energy system to minimise impact to the environment.