Great news – we’ve got our first 300 trees for Festival Wood, thanks to 100 trees donated by Big Green Coach from their coach trips to and from events in the 2011 festival season, 100 trees from a private donation and 100 trees from the team here at A Greener Festival. This is the best news we could have this week and Claire deserves a big pat on the back for making all of this work with our new friends at Trees for Lifewho are working to restore Dundreggan’s forest. Dundreggan is a 10,000 acre area of wild land in Scotland near Loch Ness, between Inverness and Fort William, where Trees for Life are now working to restore native forests and wildlife habitats. Dundreggan has full public access, visitor parking and nature trails.
With your support, Dundreggan will be a very different place in 50 years time. Natural woodland, with open glades intermingled with denser areas, will stretch up from the banks of the River Moriston. This diverse forest of oak, pine, aspen, hazel, juniper and birch will grade into montane scrub that will cover much of the higher slopes. Wildlife flourishing in this abundant woodland habitat will include red squirrel, capercaille, European Beaver, wild boar, osprey, badger, black grouse and wood ants. Twinflower, creeping ladies tresses and other rare woodland plants will thrive. The forests of Dundreggan will no longer be isolated, but part of a larger expanse of native woodland from Glen Affric Nature Reserve in the north to Glan Moriston, and the shores of Loch Ness in the south east – a new Caledonian Forest.
We’re off to Scotland on the 8th of May with our wellies and waterproofs, and we WILL plant some trees. Hooray!
http://www.treesforlife.org.uk/dundreggan/become_friend.html and details of how YOU can plant a tree will be in our next post on FESTIVAL WOOD – watch this space!