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Woodland Trust Scotland works to plant new native woods, restore existing ones to peak condition, and halt the loss of ancient woods and trees to inappropriate development.

Scotland has better tree cover than the rest of the UK but is poorly wooded compared to most of Europe. Just 18% of Scotland has tree cover compared to a European average of 37%. Only 4% of Scotland is native woodland and over half of those woods are in poor condition. Just 1% of our land area has ancient woodland.

We help others create new woods

Our outreach team work with farmers and landowners to support the creation and restoration of woods across Scotland.

Our specialist Croft Woodlands team supports innovative woodland creation across the crofting counties in the Highlands and Islands, Northern Isles and Argyll.

We join local partnerships such as Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape and Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership delivering woodland creation in specific locations.

We work to restore Scotland’s ancient woods

Many of Scotland’s most precious natural woods, including ancient Caledonian pinewoods have stopped producing new young trees. Time is running out to regenerate these woods before the last of the mature trees disappear. Our Ancient Woodland Restoration team advise landowners on restarting these natural processes.

In 2017 we purchased Loch Arkaig Pine Forest in Lochaber, in partnership with local group Arkaig Community Forest. We have plans to restore this important fragment of ancient pine forest over the coming decades – extracting 700,000 tonnes of non-native timber and encouraging the pines and other native trees to regenerate.

In summer we operate a live camera feed from an osprey nest in the forest.

Free trees for schools and community groups

Twice a year we supply free tree packs to schools and community groups across Scotland.

It is very easy to apply with packs to suit all locations and circumstances.

Visit one of our woods

We directly manage around 60 woodland sites from Stranraer to Sutherland and Skye to Aberdeenshire; from urban Glenrothes and Livingston to remote Loch Arkaig in Lochaber. These are all free for everyone to visit!

Our Glen Finglas wood together with adjacent Forestry Commission and RSPB land makes up The Great Trossachs Forest in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This can be explored walking or cycling the Great Trossachs Path and its fantastic network of connected routes. In the summer our Gateway Centre at Brig o’ Turk is open for visitors.

Campaign with us

We fight to protect Scotland’s ancient woods. You can campaign with us.

Our dwindling ancient woods are under threat as developments from golf courses to housing destroy a little here and a little there.  

Volunteer with us

From planting trees or keeping an eye on local woods to monitoring planning applications or giving talks – volunteers make a vital contribution to our work, and feel immense satisfaction as a result!

Look out for opportunities or contact us at to find out more.

Contact Us

By post: Woodland Trust Scotland, South Inch Business Centre, Shore Road, Perth PH2 8BW.

Phone: 01738 635544