Pupils sow the seeds of fu­ture for­est

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Pupils from Brod­ick Pri­mary School have been play­ing their part in the re­gen­er­a­tion of Glen Rosa which will ben­e­fit their own fam­i­lies in years to come.

Fol­low­ing an in­for­ma­tive talk on the Glen Rosa Habi­tat Restora­tion Pro­ject and its aims, the pupils joined the Ar­ran Rangers and helped to plant 76 oak trees in Glen Rosa.

The pro­ject is a largescale re­gen­er­a­tion and con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme which will pro­tect the over­grazed land­scape of Glen Rosa and re­plant na­tive trees which have been oblit­er­ated over the years. To pro­tect the area, a huge fence will be built to pro­tect the new trees, as first re­vealed by the Ban­ner in June.

Ex­cited to play their part after learn­ing about the im­por­tance of the pro­ject and the vi­tal role it will play in the fu­ture, the P6 and P7 chil­dren were de­ter­mined to get in­volved de­spite the win­try weather and De­cem­ber cold.

Car­ry­ing all the trees, sup­port­ing canes, pro­tec­tive tubes and spades to the hill­side lo­ca­tion, each pupil planted five trees, un­der­tak­ing all of the pre­cau­tions to en­sure that they are pro­tected from graz­ing deer.

Proud of their con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­ject, the pupils now have their own mini wood­land which they hope to re­visit and watch as it ma­tures into a for­est over the years.

This pro­ject is sup­ported by the play­ers of the Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery, Brod­ick Cas­tle Gar­dens and Coun­try Park and many lo­cal vol­un­teers who have con­trib­uted by plant­ing acorns and na­tive seeds which are be­ing planted out as soon as they are large enough.

Lo­cal vol­un­teers and those from the main­land, in­clud­ing the Loth­ian Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers, have so far planted al­most 1,000 en­demic Ar­ran white­beam, oak, aspen, alder and birch in an area of 40 hectares which is just 10 per cent of the to­tal site size.

Other plans for the pro­ject will in­clude ar­eas of scrub be­ing planted with ju­niper and the like, and there will be ex­ten­sive restora­tion of the peat hags and bogs while much of land­scape will be left just as it is. If you wish to get in­volved with the pro­ject, you can con­tact the Ar­ran Ranger Ser­vice by email at goat­[email protected] or tele­phone 01770 302462 or through the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land’s web­site at www.nts.org.uk

Pho­tos cour­tesy Ar­ran Ranger Ser­vice

Brod­ick Pri­mary School vol­un­teers who helped plant 76 acorn trees in Glen Rosa.

Ranger Corinna Goeckeritz gives the chil­dren a help­ing hand and guid­ance on sup­port­ing the trees.

Dig­ging into the soil, two chil­dren pre­pare to plant their next tree.

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