Restore Loch Arkaig Pine Forest
This special place is now in our care. The journey to restore it begins.
In March 2016 the Woodland Trust launched a bid to raise funds to buy and restore 2,500 acres of magnificent but degraded ancient Caledonian pinewood on the shores of Loch Arkaig in the Highlands of Scotland.
The opportunity to buy this iconic landscape was time-limited with less than nine months to raise the necessary funds. But, in partnership with local group Arkaig Community Forest, we secured fantastic support from individuals and organisations across the UK and succeeded in raising the £500,000 needed to buy the land.
We’re in it for the long haul
Now that Loch Arkaig Pine Forest is safe in our hands we can begin in earnest to plan for its future. It will take several years to plan and build the infrastructure needed to remove non-native trees using specialist machinery; around twenty years to begin to reap the benefits and many decades before we can call the forest fully restored.
Loch Arkaig Pine Forest is one of the most significant fragments of ancient Caledonian pinewood remaining in Scotland. But it is degraded. We estimate it will cost £4million to restore over the next two decades. We’re in this for the long haul and we hope you can help us succeed.
The film above gives you a bird’s eye view of the forest. But there is much more to Loch Arkaig than you might expect. Bonnie Prince Charlie, Second World War Commandos, sea eagles, even ‘granny’s’ have all left their mark here.
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Please help us to reach our £4.5 million target to restore this irreplaceable pine forest.