A visit to Glen Affric National Nature Reserve gives the sense of what a restored wild forest in the Scottish Highlands feels like. Majestic old Scots pine trees dot the landscape, while beneath them are their descendants, all reaching for the sky so that they can grow ever taller and become the next generation of statuesque trees. Among the Scots pine are shimmering birch trees and on the ground are a myriad of wild plants, including rare ferns and flowers. Add to this the sound of water falling and flowing and birds, like rare crested tits, calling and singing, and you quickly realise why our ancestors regarded woods as magical, mysterious places. … read more
Some dates are worth celebrating – it’s 25 years since Trees for Life became a charity. That means we have officially been restoring the Caledonian Forest for a quarter of a century. I’ve been here for two of those years and am constantly amazed and inspired by the achievements that Trees for Life staff and volunteers have made happen since 1993. This blog is my homage to them and to the countless supporters, members and funders that enable all this incredibly positive work to happen. … read more
Alan Watson Featherstone’s inspiration, passion and strong commitment to save the Caledonian Forest led to the creation of Trees for Life in 1986 and its establishment as an independent charity in 1993. As he has recently moved on to new projects in February 2018, we wanted to acknowledge and give thanks for his enormous contribution to both the forest and the organisation. … read more
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