Nature Heroes - Alladale Wilderness Reserve - Caledonian pinewood restoration
Restoring our ancient forests in Scotland – from the west coast to the Highlands to the Scottish Borders - is a labour of love that spans generations.
Step forward a fragment of Caledonian pinewood on the Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Sutherland which has been restored after 20 years and continues to expand. Its successful recovery has been thanks to partnership working with the Scottish Government and a charity.
And in 2023, NatureScot surveyed the expanding pinewood fragment and concluded it has returned to favourable condition. Testament to hard work and dedication from all involved.
Caledonian pinewood restoration was initiated by Paul Lister, who bought the Alladale Estate in 2003. The Estate team have been supported by rewilding charity Trees for Life, the Scottish Government’s Scottish Rural Development Programme and NatureScot.