Glen Affric Woodland Appeal



With your support we can take a stride forward for mountain woodlands in Glen Affric this year.

Glen Affric has some of the rarest mountain woodland species in the UK. Steep crags, unreachable by browsing animals, hold colonies of rare willows. These ‘wee trees’ would once have been part of a much more extensive forest network, stretching well above our present treeline. These high altitude habitats provide a naturally rich transition between hillside woodlands and the wind-battered heaths clinging to lofty mountaintops. They’re a source of food, shade and shelter for wildlife and soil. They offer a final sanctuary to mammals, birds and bugs before pushing over to the next glen in the quest to reach new territory. Now absent from so much of our landscape, mountain woodlands are a missing link in nature.

By working in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, we plan to establish new seed sources for specialist and rare montane trees on Trust land in Glen Affric. Parts of the Glen hold some of the rarest remaining montane willow colonies in the UK. These colonies are fragile, but we have a chance to strengthen their Affric foothold by establishing three new clusters in West Affric.

We will plant the dwarf birch and montane willows that once formed a widespread and rich transitional habitat between hillside forests and mountaintop heaths. We must protect the planting from deer browsing, so we will erect fencing to allow these ‘wee trees’ to grow and disperse seed onto the crags above. Here, rocky ledges offer natural shelter from browsing and will give the trees a chance to cement a long term presence in this mountainous country.

We need to raise £20,000 to secure the future of mountain trees in Glen Affric.


Any surplus funds raised by this appeal will be used by Trees for Life to fund other activities which help restore the wild forest habitat.

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