Dreghorn Woods, Scotland

We will create Scotland's First World War Centenary Wood in the Pentland Hills, just outside Edinburgh, but we can't do it without your help.

A home for birds, bats and badgers

Pentland Hills
Wildflowers in bloom at Deghorn Woods in
the Pentland Hills

We have secured the perfect place for Scotland's Centenary Wood, right on Edinburgh's doorstep.

With your help we will transform land in the Pentland Hills into a beautiful broadleaf wood. Schoolchildren and the local community are helping us sow five acres of wildflowers and plant more than 23,000 native trees including rowan, cherry, birch and Scots pine.

Ten thousand trees have already been planted and our first colourful display of wildflowers made an appearance in 2015. We have also planted an avenue of 50 wild service trees that will provide an annual flash of red during autumn when visitors can embrace the views across the city from our newly installed 'Rest and Reflect' stone seating area, opened by project patron HRH Princess Anne in 2015.

This flourishing wood will become a haven for local wildlife, including insects, goldfinches and pipistrelle bats and will link up pockets of existing woodland, creating new wildlife corridors.

To protect the newly planted trees from grazing, deer fencing has been erected in the lower fields. Site Manager, Russ Jobson, caught this footage of a nocturnal guest using the newly installed badger gates in 2016.

As well as planting trees at Dreghorn Woods, Woodland Trust Scotland is eager that landowners, schools and communities across Scotland have the opportunity to plant their own Centenary Wood to commemorate local people and communities impacted by the First World War.

If you are interested in creating your own Centenary woodland, our team can help you. Please contact Andrew Campbell, Senior Advice & Partnership Manager Scotland, on andrewcampbell@woodlandtrust.org.uk or call 0343 770 5763.

Help us to create and preserve homes for UK wildlife

We have raised £1 million towards creating Dreghorn Woods but we still need your help to complete this inspiring project.

Your donation will help with the creation and future management of Dreghorn Woods, benefiting people and wildlife for years to come.

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