The future of Ballathie Bluebell Wood
Urgent work must be be done and we need your help to make it happen.
Our plan to create a stronger and more resilient landscape open for all
Ballathie Bluebell Wood is comprised of the 125 acre ancient oakwood called North Wood and 79 acres of grassland known as Court Hill. Court Hill’s now bare grassland was covered in trees up until the 1950s so we will plant 34,000 native trees here, restoring the land back to woods and creating a stronger and more resilient landscape by linking and buffering the existing ancient woodland.
There is currently little natural regeneration at Ballathie because of overgrazing by deer. We’ll repair existing deer fencing, install new fencing around the newly planted trees and protect natural regeneration by placing protective tubes around saplings in unfenced areas.
We’ll also remove 2km of old redundant fencing to improve public access and remove the invasive non-native rhododendron which is strangling the delicate native ground flora. We will build a car park next to the wood so more people can visit – especially during May when the bluebells attract visitors from across Scotland and beyond.
There are more than a dozen schools within 20 minutes’ drive of the wood. We’ll offer the children the opportunity to plant trees, enjoy learning outdoors and be inspired by nature.
The rest of the local community won’t be forgotten either. We will host events, activities and planting days – so everyone can be involved in the management and care of this special place.
Taking on a nationally-important wood like Ballathie is a considerable undertaking. We have to get it right. But as the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity we have the knowledge and expertise for the job. The gift of funds to buy this woodland has given us a golden opportunity to protect and enhance it for the next generation.