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Trees for Life conservation charity release spectacular video

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by Rupert Shanks

Trees for Life have just released an awe-inspiring video highlighting the value of Scottish forests and wild land.

We’re very proud to be support partners to this vital conservation charity, as they protect and conserve the wild places in which we operate.

Trees for Life are an award-winning charity who dedicate themselves to conserving Scotland’s caledonian forests. These ancient forests used to cover a large part of the Scottish highlands and were home to a wider range of wildlife that now lives in Scotland today. These forests are made up of trees such as Scots Pines, Birch, Rowan, Juniper and Aspen and are nowadays made up of trees like these at the end of their lives. These forests are at risk from overgrazing by deer and sheep that then prevent new trees from growing.

Trees for Life are committed to planting trees to replace them and with support have planted over a million and hope to double this by 2018. In 2010 we created a Wilderness Grove at Dundreggan Estate in the West Highlands, which is managed by Trees for Life. To date, there are over 200 trees in the grove and last year we committed to planting a tree for every client who returns to book three trips with us. You can help by planting a tree too – click on this link to see our grove and find out how to plant a tree (just £5 per tree!), which helps restore your own little piece of the Caledonian Forest.

The Trees for Life forest looking spectacular in autumn colours.

The Trees for Life forest at Dundreggan Estate


Sharon Dunbar, the Trust & Corporate Development Officer at Trees for Life, shared this quote with us:

“Trees for Life is delighted to partner with Wilderness Scotland to conserve the unique and beautiful landscapes of the Highlands. The company makes a valuable contribution to our work by planting a tree in the Caledonian Forest for each customer who books three trips with them. Equally, our partnership also helps to increase awareness about our shared vision to restore Scotland’s native forests and wildlife. Thanks to our partnership with Wilderness Scotland and the generosity of our other supporters, Trees for Life has planted more than one million native trees. With continued support, we can expand the forests with a million more!”

As an operator working in Scotland’s wild places we are passionate about conservation and are trying our best to minimise our impact. We also have huge respect and admiration for charities such as Trees for Life who are working to protect and restore Scotland’s natural resources in the form of Caledonian Forests.

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Rupert Shanks

After a spell in the corporate world in London Rupert decided to find a more rewarding way of life involving a closer connection to the outdoors and to his camera! Rupert produces a lot of the photography and video for Wilderness Scotland and works within the Marketing team.

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