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Heart of Scotland Woodland Partnership

Woodland Trust Scotland has partnered with five landowners to link up a vast continuous native woodland on the flank of iconic Schiehallion.  

Iain Moss of Woodland Trust Scotland helps with some of the first planting. (Photo: Kevin Lelland)
Iain Moss of Woodland Trust Scotland helps with some of the first planting. (Photo: Kevin Lelland)

Schiehallion is an iconic mountain and regarded as one of  the easiest yet most satisfying of the Munros to "bag" – as those ticking off Scotland’s highest peaks like to put it. Those who do make it to the summit can, on a clear day at least, look east to see one of the challenges to meaningful forest conservation. There are woods but they are fragmented. Well, not for much longer!

The Heart of Scotland Woodland Partnership brings together five landowners with the aim of linking up existing woodland to create a thriving wildlife corridor stretching across more than 50 square kilometres between Schiehallion and Loch Tummel. Working at landscape-scale gives the partners more conservation clout than we would have individually.

Five partners

Partners involved are John Muir Trust, Forest Enterprise’s Foss Estate, Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust’s Dun Coillich Estate, Kynachan Estate and Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Keltneyburn Nature Reserve. Co-operation will lead to more conservation clout than the partners may have individually. 

Flourishing wildlife

The plan is to turn this vast upland area into a living breathing landscape of native trees, woodland corridors, flourishing wildlife and picturesque footpaths. A further aim is to bring locals and visitor closer to the land. Willie McGhee of Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust, which manages the Dun Coillich woodland said: “We believe this project will benefit the local community right from the start by bringing new funding into the area and creating training and employment opportunities. We want to encourage people to get involved, deepen their knowledge of nature and learn new skills.” 

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Read more about this unique partnership

Based in Highland Perthshire, at the very heart of Scotland, the six partner organisations bring together public, private, community and NGO landowners. Collectively the partners have committed to work together for the mutual benefit of wildlife and people.  

Woodland Trust Scotland is delighted to be a part of it!

More and more of our work seeks to have an impact on a landscape-scale – and we can only do that by cooperating with others. The Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership is a classic 'sum greater than its parts' initiative.

Partners gathered for the launch of Heart of Scotland Forest. (Photo: Kevin Lelland)
Partners gathered for the launch of Heart of Scotland Forest. (Photo: Kevin Lelland)
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