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 are actively planning 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 more than £5 million to restore over the next two decades. We’re in this for the long haul and we hope you can help us succeed.
Find out more
The Loch Arkaig 360 Tour
A joint development from Woodland Trust staff and volunteers, we're proud to announce that you can now experience some of the magic of the pine forest...Read more
The hidden history of Loch Arkaig
The area surrounding Loch Arkaig is cloaked in mystery and steeped in history.Read more
We've begun to explore and record the plant and animal life living in the Loch Arkaig Pine Forest. But we don’t yet know exactly what lies at the hear...Read more
Arkaig Community Forest & the future
The Woodland Trust has partnered with Arkaig Community Forest - a small group of local residents who share our ambitious, far reaching and long-term g...Read more
Special thanks to the following organisations who have helped the Loch Arkaig Pine Forest project get off to a flying start.Read more
More about Loch Arkaig Pine Forest
Loch Arkaig Pine Forest is one of the UK’s most significant remaining fragments of native Caledonian pinewood. It lies within an iconic landscape of s...Read more