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Trees for life

Some of the reasons we support Trees for Life

We’re still planting a tree for each week of the year (or rather, Trees for Life are doing so on our behalf) and growing (pun intended) the size of our Corporate Grove.

Trees for Life’s vision is to revitalise the wild forest areas of the Scottish Highlands, rewilding and recreating our upland areas’ natural habitats. Providing space for flora and fauna to regain a foothold in an overgrazed monoculture landscape.

The significant number of benefits (almost too many to list here) include carbon sequestration through native tree planting and peat bog restoration, habitat creation for endangered species such as Red Squirrel, Capercaillie, and Golden Eagle, natural flood management by wetland creation, and increasing biodiversity.

The importance of wetlands

Their ambitious Affric Highlands projects combine to form a 30-year initiative that brings together communities, businesses, and landowners to recreate and restore woodland, peatland and riverside habitats.

Bordering the shores of Loch Ness, it includes some of Europe’s best examples of ancient wet woodland, which is being encouraged to grow and naturally regenerate together with the additional planting of natural indigenous tree species.

Riparian woodlands adjoining rivers otherwise known as ‘riverwoods’ are being restored in conjunction with local landowners and fishery boards. This will increase local climate change resilience, help to moderate high flow and flooding events, form powerful carbon soaks, add beneficial nutrients to the waterways, and provide food, shelter and protection for aquatic life such as the wild Atlantic Salmon.

The restoration of peatland habitats by rewetting plays an important part in the initiative, with peat’s well documented ability to actively capture and store carbon for thousands of years. Healthy peatland also stores vast amounts of water, provides a rich source of biodiversity, and is the natural habitat of many endangered birds such as the Lapwing, Curlew and Hen Harrier.

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