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Dreghorn Woods, Scotland

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

A home for birds, bats and badgers

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

Thanks to your ongoing support and the hands-on help of local schoolchildren, community groups and corporate partners, we have almost completed the transformation of land in the Pentland Hills into a beautiful broadleaf wood.

More than 23,000 native trees including rowan, cherry, birch and Scots pine are now safely in the ground. Five acres of wildflowers planted by the community in 2014 provide walkers with a glorious annual display of colour. 

Our avenue of 50 wild service trees is maturing well and will soon provide a flash of red during autumn. Visitors tell us they are enjoying the views across the city from our recently installed 'Rest and Reflect' stone seating area, opened by project patron HRH Princess Anne in 2015.

This flourishing wood is in the process of becoming a haven for local wildlife, including insects, goldfinches and pipistrelle bats. It links up pockets of existing woodland, creating important wildlife corridors.

To protect the newly planted trees from grazing, deer fencing has been erected in the lower fields. A few of the first trees planted in Nov 2014 have already stretched to more than three times the height of the schoolchildren who planted them!

Site Manager, Russ Jobson, caught this footage of a nocturnal guest using the newly installed badger gates in 2016.

Over the next few years we will be making sure the trees at Dreghorn get the best start in life.

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 or call 0343 770 5763.

Help us to maintain and preserve homes for UK wildlife

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

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

Want to donate?

Whatever you choose to give, donating online is secure, quick and cost effective, so more money goes directly to creating this special wood.


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Simply download our offline form and pop it in the post to us, free of charge.