The Woodland Trust says that one of the UK’s most iconic landscapes around Loch Arkaig, is in urgent need of help. The Trust has been given the opportunity to buy woodland of international importance.
The Loch Arkaig Pine Forest combines two areas of native Caledonian pine, oak and birch woodland. The 1,200 acre western wood, Coille a Ghuibhais (‘the pine forest’) and the 1,300 acre eastern wood, An t-Seann Fhrith (‘the old deer forest’) together comprise one of the largest remaining fragments of ancient Caledonian pinewood in Scotland.
The Trust notes that the forest is not in good shape because of clear-felling in the 18th century, the planting of non-native conifers in the 1960s, grazing by sheep and deer, and training exercises by commando units during the Second World War.
Although this is a long way from the Forest of Avon, it’s a valuable (in every sense) and iconic landscape. You can read more, and donate, here.