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Save the 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.

Thank you!

We’re in it for the long haul

Now that Loch Arkaig Pine Forest is safe in our hands we are actively planning its future. We have consulted widely on the management plan which is now complete and in summer 2019 we will begin ground works to strengthen bridges and widen access roads in preparation for the removal of non native trees.

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 £5,000,000 to restore over the next two decades.

We’re in this for the long haul and we hope you can help us succeed.

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