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Recent UK Projects Trees for Life - Allt Na Muic Woodland Restoration Project Trees for Life - Glen Affric - Caledonian Forest restoration Woodland Trust - Woods on your doorstep - Tramlines, Springfield Copse and Wantley Dragon Wood  Save our Squirrels Save our Squirrels Lancashire Wildlife Trust - Mossland Restoration Project Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust - The Blue Butterfly Scheme Wildlife Trust (BCNP) - Old Sulehay habitat protection Oxfordshire Woodland Project - Pruning workshop Butterfly Conservation - Grafton Wood Restoration - The Brown Hairstreak Butterfly The Woodland Trust - Woodland Creation in The Vale of Glamorgan Devon Wildlife Trust - Ash Moor habitat restoration Wiltshire Wildlife Trust - Blakehill airfield habitat restoration RSBP - House sparrows in schools Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust - Water Vole Conservation Project - London wetlands Centre Barnes Kent Wildlife Trust - Lydden and Temple Ewell Hedgerow project Dorset Wildlife Trust - Purchase of Winfrith Heath: SSSI Sussex Wildlife Trust - Ebernoe Common habitat protection Scottish Native Woods - Restoring and managing Riparian Woodlands

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Birches and Scots pines beside Loch Benevean, Glen Affric. Photo: © Alan Watson/Forest Light


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Glen Affric - Caledonian Forest restoration

Since 1989 the central focus of Trees for Life's work has been the restoration of the Caledonian Forest on land managed by Forest Enterprise in Glen Affric. Over 200,000 trees have been planted and, as a result, the long history of forest decline in the Glen has been reversed. Glen Affric, an area to the east of Loch Ness, is now recognised as the site of one of the leading restoration projects in the country. However, initially almost all of these trees have been Scotts Pine - as this is a keystone species in the ecosystem and the largest and longest lived tree. These pines have been planted in the western part of the Glen and, although there has been some natural regeneration of other species such as birch, rowan and willow, the native broadleaf species are generally under represented there. To address this, agreement was reached with Forest Enterprise and Scottish Natural Heritage to plant a range of native broadleaf species. Restore UK agreed to help fund this area of work as this ensured that the new generation of trees growing there will more accurately reflect the natural generation of species in the forest. The broadleaf trees will also provide the habitat for wide range of plants insects and animals associated with them.


Of all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun,
Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn.

Rudyard Kipling
A Tree Song