The Scottish Forest Alliance (SFA) established over 10,000 hectares of new native woodland across the fourteen sites highlighted on the map. Through a combination of planting, active management and natural regeneration, a mosaic of different native forest habitats are still being created.
This range of sites offers an opportunity for research in varied geological and climatic conditions, which is informing our understanding of biodiversity and carbon in new native woodlands. This will contribute to the body of scientific knowledge which informs policies being developed to address the impacts of climate change.
Sustainable Forestry SCIO will use these sites to continue the research initiated by the SFA using peer reviewed methodologies and data already collated for a period of 200 years.
The Great Trossachs Forest
The Great Trossachs Forest is one of the most significant native woodland restoration projects in the UK. From the RSPB Scotland reserve at Inversnaid in the west, it extends across the Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Loch Katrine estate to the Woodland Trust Scotland's land at Glen Finglas in the east, creating over 16,500 hectares of continuous open and wooded forest habitats. These three sites are all included in the Sustainable Forestry SCIO long term research programme.
For more information about the individual sites click on the links above for each landowner's site page. For more about The Great Trossachs Forest project, visit their website.