The Wood­land Trust Cen­te­nary Woods

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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

WOODS, SCOT­LAND

SCOTS PINE

GOLDFINCHES WILL BE EN­COUR­AGED TO THIS AREA

ROWAN

OAK

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