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Peatland restoration - a path more often travelled

Bog - wet, easy to sink into, need to wear your wellies, and off the beaten track...

A bog is a wetland made up of a range of wetland plants and mosses, including several species of Sphagnum Moss. Sphagnum moss thrives in constantly wet conditions. Raised blogs began forming 7,000 to 8,000 years ago, and blanket bogs over the last 2,000 years. These bogs have a wide range of benefits including providing a home for animals, storing carbon, adding to the landscape, and helping to regulate water flows and reduce flooding downstream.

West Lussa (before)


Dementia pilot project success

Forests and woodlands have a positive effect on anxiety and depression, reducing stress and mental fatigue.

Over the past few years our Branching Out and cardiac programmes have been helping people with mental health and heart problems to access our woodlands and gain health benefits from activities and gentle exercise in the outdoors.

Due to the success of these projects, we ran a Dementia Pilot project in 2014 which was part of a research study for people with early-stage dementia.

Tree art


The benefits of good water management in forests

Good forest management is about much more than planting and cutting down trees. We are working to protect and improve Scotland's water environment by reducing rural diffuse pollution.

Trees help to reduce the amount of pollution that drains from land by soaking up run-off and reducing the amount of soil that gets washed into watercourses. The woodlands need to be managed well though, so that a good canopy and root system grow using the least possible amount of cultivation, fertilisers and pesticides, and so that water doesn't drain directly from harvesting and planting sites into watercourses.

Mounder Blades


First starter farm for the Highlands

Lambing season has now well and truly arrived and with that comes news that new tenants have been given their keys to our eighth starter farm in Achnamoine in Caithness. 

lambs paintedited


An insider’s view – from beautician to woodland warden

Lesley Stalker has been on a fantastic life changing journey after she fell in love with the outdoors and changed her career from beautician to an award winning Woodland Warden.

Lesley Plantingeditededited