Trees for life is an award-winning Scottish charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest and create a spectacular wilderness region in the Scottish Highlands. Almost all of our work is carried out by volunteers.


Help us to build a forest for the future

The Caledonian Forest once covered much of the Highlands and was home to many rare and endangered species. Today, only a tiny fraction of the original forest still survives and overgrazing prevents the growth of new trees.

Conservation volunteering with Trees for Life offers a rewarding and hugely enjoyable opportunity to restore native forests and wildlife habitats. Our volunteers have planted over one and a half million trees and we are continually working to expand the forest.

Urgent action is required to conserve the forest and its unique wildlife for the future, these are the main ways in which you can volunteer with Trees for Life:

Conservation Weeks

Held at stunning locations across the Scottish Highlands, our Conservation Weeks provide an opportunity for volunteers from all around the world, of all ages and backgrounds, to help restore Scotland's natural environment. From planting trees to removing non-native species, putting up fences, collecting seeds and berries, and growing trees in our nursery, there is something for everyone!

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Forest Discovery Weeks - NEW FOR 2019!

A chance for people to understand and connect to the natural world in a meaningful way. This is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in nature to immerse themselves in the wild Highlands and learn skills such as tracking, foraging and identification. Learning these nature awareness skills helps us to see the world in a new way and can enrich our lives wherever we may live.

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Conservation Days

Our Conservation Days are for people who live local to the Inverness-shire, mid-Highland or West Moray areas. They run as and when needed in a variety of locations across the Highlands. Volunteers may take part in a range of exciting activities including tree planting, surveying natural regeneration, rhododendron bashing, collecting seeds and berries, working in our tree nursery and much more.

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Stay connected

Sign up to our mailing list to receive our monthly ‘Tree News’ e-newsletter and other occasional emails about volunteering, events, appeals and fundraising. It’s the perfect way to stay up to date with the latest news about the wild forest and it’s wonderful wildlife.

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