Every year at an acclaimed 'lost world' conservation estate near Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of green-fingered volunteers – with an interest in gardening and a passion for conservation – are helping to restore a forest for the future.
The Caledonian Forest is home to many rare and endangered species. It once covered much of the Highlands as a vast expanse of majestic Scots pines and other trees such as birch, rowan, aspen, juniper and willows. But today only a fraction of the original woodlands still survive, with overgrazing by deer and sheep often preventing the growth of new trees.
With urgent action needed to conserve this special place and its unique wildlife for the future, conservation charity Trees for Life is working to restore the forest to a spectacular wilderness region.
So far the award-winning organisation has planted over one million trees. It is now working to expand the forests with a million more.
This is making a real difference to Britain's wonderful wildlife and wild places, and is bringing new life to the stunning wild landscapes of the Highlands. Amongst the emerging forests, a web of life is renewing itself. Habitat restoration is helping wildlife including red squirrels, rare sawflies, pine martens, ospreys, wood ants, strawberry spiders and black grouse.
Volunteers carry out almost all of Trees for Life's work, and this includes the growing of trees at a tree nursery at the charity's acclaimed Dundreggan Conservation Estate in Glenmoristion.