Glen Finglas, The Trossachs
This site is home to one of the largest collections of ancient trees in Scotland, and is one of Britain’s largest surviving areas of upland wood pasture. Once covered with alder, birch, oak hazel, rowan and willow, over the centuries the ancient woodland has been reduced to scattered remnants. Heavy grazing by cattle, sheep and deer has prevented any significant natural regeneration. Through a mix of planting, natural regeneration and managed grazing by Luing cattle and sheep, the ancient woodland at Glen Finglas is being restored and expanded over some 4000 hectares. Ultimately the site will comprise a vast mosaic of woodland, scattered trees and open ground. This site forms part of The Great Trossachs Forest.
At the three 'Glen Devon' sites - Glen Quey, Glen Sherup and Geordie's Wood - The Woodland Trust is creating 1200 hectares of new native woodland for wildlife and people, within an hour's travel of Scotland's Central Belt.
Glen Quey, The Ochils
This was a former grassy, sheep-grazed hill surrounded on three sides by commercial conifer plantations. The Trust has slowly been transforming the area by creating more than 300 hectares of broadleaved woodland dominated by oak on the lower slopes and birch higher up. The aim is to transform what was an extensive overgrazed area of land with little wildlife interest into predominantly native broadleaf woodland, containing a mosaic of diverse open ground habitats rich in wildlife, with good public access via way-marked paths.
Glen Sherup, The Ochils
This site comprises 605 hectares of grassy hill formerly grazed by sheep, sharing similar features with Glen Quey and the sites are linked by footpaths. Between them lies a 500-hectare Forest Enterprise Scotland conifer forest, which is gradually being restructured to include more native broadleaf species. A range of woodland types are being established at Glen Sherup, mainly birch and oak, but also alder and ash on fertile stream-sides, and scrubby submontane juniper woodland on the upper slopes. The aim is to transform an extensive overgrazed area with little wildlife interest into a mosaic of diverse habitats rich in wildlife.
Geordie's Wood, The Ochils
This site creates a link between the upland and less populated areas of Glen Quey and Glen Sherup and the agricultural ground and communities of Muckhart and Dollar. As well as planting trees here, the Trust has undertaken trial planting of native woodland flowers, in an attempt to create richer, more diverse new woodland. Over half of this formerly grazed land is being converted into broad leaved native woodland, protecting many different open ground habitats: areas of heathland, marshland, and areas of wild flowers.