An ambitious Highlands project aiming to establish one of the UK's most inspiring examples of rewilding – with habitat creation for rare and endangered wildlife such as golden eagles and Scottish wildcats, the planting of 50,000 trees and a substantial boost for wildlife tourism – is to be launched if conservation charity Trees for Life wins an online vote to secure a major European funding award.
The charity's Rewilding the Highlands project has been shortlisted to receive more than £20,000 in the European Outdoor Conservation Association's (EOCA's) funding scheme, with the outcome to be determined by online voting that will take place over two weeks, from 8-22 March. Trees for Life can be supported via treesforlife.org.uk/voteTFL.
“Anyone can vote for us, and we urge as many people as possible to do so, to give us the best chance of winning this significant award. Success will enable us to expand our pioneering work to revitalise native woodlands in the Highlands – benefitting our communities, landscapes and economy for many years to come,” said Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life's Founder.
Funding from the awards would allow Trees for Life to extend substantially the native woodland around Glenmoriston – with the planting of 50,000 trees by volunteers at the charity's flagship Dundreggan Conservation Estate and a major increase in the charity's groundbreaking work growing rare montane tree species – and to provide support for a local community project at Invergarry, to enhance biodiversity at its newly acquired Glengarry Community Woodland.