Woodland Trust Scotland works to plant new native woods, restore existing ones to peak condition, and halt the loss of ancient woods and trees to inappropriate development.
Scotland has better tree cover than the rest of the UK but is poorly wooded compared to most of Europe. Just 18 per cent of Scotland has tree cover compared to a European average of 37 per cent. Only 4 per cent of Scotland is native woodland and over half of those woods are in poor condition. Just 1 per cent of our land area has ancient woodland.
Our outreach team work with farmers and landowners to support the creation and restoration of woods across Scotland.
Our specialist Croft Woodlands team supports innovative woodland creation across the crofting counties in the Highlands and Islands, Northern Isles and Argyll.
We join local partnerships such as Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape and Heart of Scotland Forest Partnership delivering woodland creation in specific locations.
Many of Scotland’s most precious natural woods, including ancient Caledonian pinewoods have stopped producing new young trees. Time is running out to regenerate these woods before the last of the mature trees disappear. Our Ancient Woodland Restoration team advise landowners on restarting these natural processes.