Planting sows the seeds of Glen Rosa rejuvenation
The planting of more than 280 trees in Glen Rosa has kick started a major conservation project aimed at protecting and conserving the fauna and flora in the glen.
With financial assistance from the People’s Postcode Lottery and the hard work of the Lothian Conservation Volunteers, the planting is just the beginning of a much larger undertaking.
Extensive planting will take place next winter when about 40,000 trees will be planted over 40 hectares, once a protective boundary fence has been created, as first reported by the Banner back in June.
The erection of the fence is scheduled for September next year and it will protect the freshly planted saplings from grazing animals.
Most of the trees that were planted by the volunteers have been grown from seeds collected on Arran and nurtured by the Healthy Outdoors Team which is continuing to plant seeds for next year’s major planting.
The Lothian volunteers, some of whom have been volunteering on Arran for more than 20 years, introduced a few new volunteers to the wonders of Glen Rosa and between them, they made a determined start on the planting of Arran native trees such as upland birch, hazel, aspen and whitebeam, rowan and oak.
The volunteers also played an important part in the conservation of the area by taking part in a slash and burn day where prolific and domineering rhododendron were removed to widen a section of the Ryden path in the country park.
The Glen Rosa project will bring new life to more than 400 hectares – with 40 hectares earmarked for replanting of trees which previously thrived there – and will help to rejuvenate the area which has suffered under years of overgrazing by deer and sheep.
Another tree planting day will take place on Thursday December 6 when volunteers will be able to help make a difference and enjoy the camaraderie and possibly wildlife sightings that the group enjoyed earlier this month. In addition to a golden sunset and spectacular scenery, volunteers enjoyed a flyby from a pair of golden eagles which was a highlight for many of the visitors.
Booking for the tree planting day is essential and volunteers can book their place by emailing goat[email protected] or by phoning 01770 302462. Further information on volunteering opportunities at the National Trust for Scotland can be found at www. nts.org.uk/volunteering
Members of the Lothian Conservation Volunteers group includes some who have been visiting for more than 20 years, while for others this was their first time on Arran.
A volunteer plants an Arran Whitebeam – endemic to Arran and one of the world’s rarest trees – propagated by Henry Murdo and Margo Mclellan, and then cared for by the Healthy Outdoors Team.
A number of trees are planted in the bracken areas owing to the soil being deeper and less acidic than other parts of the glen.
Volunteers share a laugh among the bracken while planting trees.
A two-year-old oak tree being planted. The tree was grown from an acorn by Jo and Colin Totty, who propagated, protected and nurtured a large number of trees for future planting.