TRUST’S HOPES FOR FOR­EST PUR­CHASE

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Wood­land Trust Scotland and Arkaig Com­mu­nity For­est have been given a once-in-al­ife­time op­por­tu­nity to buy 2,500 acres of an­cient Cale­do­nian pinewood. Loch Arkaig Pine For­est is be­ing sold by the Forestry Com­mis­sion as part of the Na­tional For­est and Scheme, which al­lows com­mu­nity groups to buy land to pro­vide value to the pub­lic. The for­est is one of the largest re­main­ing sin­gle frag­ments of this im­por­tant habi­tat, and has suf­fered from cen­turies of felling, non-na­tive plant­ing and graz­ing. De­spite this, the for­est is still home to im­por­tant species, such as breed­ing Ospreys, White-tailed Ea­gles, Crested Tits and Pine Martens, as well as (pos­si­bly) Scot­tish Wild­cats and Scot­tish Cross­bills. If the pur­chase is suc­cess­ful, the Arkaig Com­mu­nity For­est team hope to work with Wood­land Trust Scotland to care­fully re­store the for­est, pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able forestry and safe­guard­ing the im­por­tant wildlife of the area. But first, they need to raise the nec­es­sary money; £500,000 to be pre­cise. You can find out more or make a do­na­tion at wood­landtrust.org.uk/pine­for­est

£4.5 mil­lion; the to­tal es­ti­mated cost of restora­tion work at Loch Arkaig For­est

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