Tree Planting in a wilderness in the Scottish Highlands
Knoydart, traditionally known as The Rough Bounds because of its remoteness in the West Highlands of Scotland, is renowned for its stunning beauty, rugged grandeur and blissful tranquillity. It is a haven for hill walkers, mountaineers, wildlife enthusiasts and those who just want to get away from the hurly-burly of urban life.
Since 2008 EFORESTS have worked with the
Knoydart Ranger Service to plant over 12,000 trees in the area
Inverie is the main settlement, being home to half the area's population of 100 residents. It lies within the 17,200 acre Knoydart Estate, which is at the heart of the 55,000 acre Peninsula, between the sea Lochs Nevis and Hourn (the lochs of Heaven and Hell).
The Knoydart Estate is owned by the Knoydart Foundation.
The rest of the Peninsula comprises estates and private properties ranging in size from 14,000 acres to 0.25 of an acre.
Principal access to Inverie is by boat across Loch Nevis from Mallaig or a long trek overland from Loch Arkaig or Kinlochhourn, Shiel Bridge or Cluanie Inn or from Glenfinnan.
Within Knoydart's 85 square miles rise four Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) and several lesser peaks. The mountains are separated by broad glens, rivers and high lochs.
The island nature of Knoydart and its Munros are its most important features and it is designated as a National Scenic Area.
Since 2008 EFORESTS have collaborated with local volunteers to plant thousands of trees to enhance the lives of the local community and wildlife.
The tree species that have been planted on the site include:
Western Red Cedar
Newly planted trees, January 2020, in the existing woodland overlooking Loch Nevis.
The trees are small in their first year but will soon outgrow their protective shelters.
Where old trees have been felled, the hillsides are being replanted with young saplings.
Click here to dedicate a tree to be planted in The Scottish Highlands or elsewhere in the UK.