The reforestation project took its name from the Forest of Mamlorn, the ancient hunting forest that straddled Glen Lochay. The restoration project took off in 2010, establishing 522ha of new native woodland - that’s 800,000 planted trees, and equivalent to over 700 football fields in area. The forestry is subdivided into twelve compartments straddling the walls of the glen, allowing the trees to grow free from grazing pressure. This lays the foundations for a forested landscape, the likes of which have not been seen in this glen for generations.
This new woodland creates a mass of fresh habitat whose protection attracts fungi, insects and wildlife. And as the forests grow, so they will be colonised by these species. This woodland is not only visually pleasing, it creates the conditions for wildlife to flourish, improving the soil, absorbing rainfall, all while sequestering atmospheric carbon.
The Foundation sells Carbon Credits* so it can continue its aims of rewilding and carbon sequestration. As well as seeing benefits on the ground, these are attractive to companies building a reputation for sustainability and gaining brand loyalty. All money from the Carbon Credits is reinvested in the Foundation, allowing us to continue reforestation as a means for the broader goal described - and to give this Highland glen an ecologically bright future.
* The reforestation project is developed within the UK Woodland Carbon Code (WCC). The WCC is the voluntary standard for UK woodland creation projects where claims are made about the carbon dioxide they sequester. Independent validation and verification to this standard provides assurance and clarity about the carbon savings of these sustainably managed woodlands.
A' chuthag 's smeòrach am bàrr an ògain
On the top of the sapling, the cuckoo and thrush
A' gabhail òrain gu ceòlmhor binn;
sing muscial and sweet songs,
Nuair ghoir an cuanal gu loinneil guanach
when the choir piped up, carefree and light,
'S e 's gloin' a chualas am fuaim sa ghleann.
the finest music was their chorus in the glen.
Òran Coire Cheathaich,
Duncan Bàn MacIntyre