The Woodland Trust Centenary Woods
DREGHORN WOODS, SCOTLAND
The northern slopes of the Pentland Hills, just outside Edinburgh, will be transformed into Dreghorn Woods by 2018 at a cost of £1.7m. With the support of lead partner Sainsbury’s and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation over the next four years, more than 50,000 native trees will be planted on land with a historic military connection.
The Pentlands have been used for military training for more than 100 years and the new woodland will also be used to train future generations of Scottish soldiers – making it a fitting location for such an important tribute.
The woodland will feature a memorial avenue of wild service trees, which will blaze scarlet every autumn. There will also be a special area for remembrance overlooking Edinburgh Castle. To bring this memorial wood to life, the Trust will plant 40 hectares of trees and 2 hectares of wildflowers, creating a place where wildlife can flourish. It’s presence will boost Edinburgh’s native woodland by 10 per cent.
Planting trees such as cherry and hawthorn will encourage seed-eating birds such as goldfinches to this area. Willow trees will encourage more insects, which will in turn make it a tempting prospect for pipistrelle bats.
As the years pass by, the maturing trees will grow to create a peaceful and thought-provoking space that every generation can enjoy.
ABOUT THE WOODLAND TRUST CENTENARY WOODS
The terrible conflict of the First World War cost hundreds of thousands of British lives. A century on, the Woodland Trust is creating four brand new woods, one in each nation of the UK, to honour those heroes and the sacrifices they made.
They will be planting millions of saplings by 2018, and creating nearly 1,000 acres of native broadleaf woodland. In time, the creation of more woods in the UK will help our wildlife, increasing biodiversity and giving us new spaces to explore on foot.
These projects will cost £20million, and the Woodland Trust appreciate any donations that their supporters can provide.
LEITH TRIBUTE, DREGHORN
GOLDFINCHES WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO THIS AREA