Trees for Life – Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts and actions

The team at Trees for Life are doing all we can to operate as close to normal as possible. Yet, Covid-19 continues to impact some aspects of our work. As our office is operating at a reduced capacity, our phone line may not always be available, and email responses may be slightly delayed. We would like to thank you for your patience during this time.

 

Find our latest Covid-19 updates below:

 

Volunteering

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to ask about volunteering opportunities. The safety of our staff and volunteers remains our absolute priority. Unfortunately, after careful consideration, we have decided not to run our Conservation Weeks for the rest of 2021.

We have made this decision based on the Scottish Government’s protection levels. In the best case scenario, Level 0, restrictions on households mixing indoors remain in place, meaning that it would be challenging to safely accommodate volunteers overnight, and in shared transport.

There could also be further complications if other parts of Scotland, the UK or abroad start to experience higher rates of infection.

We hope for better news in 2022.

 

Tree planting

Integral to our mission to rewild the Scottish Highlands are people. People to enable it, gain from it and enjoy it. The Conservation Weeks are a cornerstone in achieving this. So it is with a heavy heart that we have been unable to welcome volunteers in 2020 and 2021. We have also lost our workforce who with such diligence and care help us plant forests of the future.

Yet, trees keep growing. Our dedicated team at Dundreggan continue to run the nursery, and we are working with contractors to plant trees at Dundreggan, Glen Affric and other sites in the Highlands. Social distancing, hygiene and Covid-testing have been important steps in making this possible. We are grateful to our contractors for their willingness to add these procedures to their work.Visiting Dundreggan

Getting outside into nature remains key to our wellbeing. We are pleased to say that our flagship conservation estate at Dundreggan is still open to visitors and you are welcome to take a walk in the woods. Please note that this does not include visits to our staffed offices.

Findhorn Office

Our office at Findhorn is open by appointment only. The team there attend to orders and mail regularly.