Tree Sponsorship, Central Scotland

An opportunity to support the restoration of the Scottish landscapes through planting predominantly native tree species and enabling the creation of thriving species-rich habitats for generations to come.

Cost

£ 4.7 /tree

Number of trees
Leadloch planting
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Project information

Scottish Forests

The project area sits in the central belt of Scotland. The 155 ha project is one part of a complex mosaic landscape of peatlands, conifer plantations and degraded grasslands. Through holistic restoration of the project area, the aim is to transform a degraded, marginal land into a thriving landscape with active ecosystem services and to provide a haven for biodiversity. This will be achieved through diverse tree planting, restoring the peatland around the site, pond creation and bringing back the degraded meadows into life around the project area. Banking on their in-house team of ecologists, foresters and peatland managers and liaising with local experts and people, the project is centred on nature restoration, matching the right species to the right places, where they will contribute most to the environment which will enable long term benefits for the entire Leadloch landscape and its local communities.

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Intervention

Tree Planting

Location

United Kingdom

Developer

The Future Forest Company

Sustainable Goals

  • no poverty
  • zero hunger
  • good health
  • quality education
  • gender equality
  • clean water
  • clean energy
  • economic growth
  • infrastructure
  • reduced inequality
  • sustainable cities
  • responsible consumption
  • climate action
  • life below water
  • life on land
  • peace justice
  • partnerships

Project performance

The Earthly Rating

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Project impact

Local Impact

Leadloch WCC species map

Project Area: Planning Process

The UK only has seen a massive decline in its natural biodiversity in the last 50 years, placing it as one of the most nature depleted nations on earth (Nature Positive 2030). 70% of ancient woodlands in the UK have been lost since records began. Today native woodland only covers 4% of the total land area of Scotland (NatureScot). Only 40% of the existing woodland in the UK is managed sustainably (WWF). If the world continues to release carbon and damage habitat at its current pace, a tenth of plant and animal species are at risk of extinction by the end of the century (WWF).

Based on the planting map, it is clear that the project not only will plant trees to restore woodland, but also will repair the hydrology of the surrounding peatland, allowing its restoration, in the project area, and restore wild habitats for pollinators and other insects to come back to the ecosystem, paving the way for the holistic restoration of the area.

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Good for Earth

The Leadloch site consists of degraded peatland, improved grassland, fenland and conifer shelter belts. Vegetation, bird and mammal surveys have been conducted on the project site, recording over 135 plant species and 31 bird species to date, for example. These ecological studies were conducted in order to ensure that no key habitats and species were adversely affected by the new woodland planting. This work informed where and what tree planting was best in order to be in keeping with the area. Approximately 40% of the area at Leadloch is planted with mixed native broadleaf and native Scots Pine, with a small component (3%) Norway spruce planted due to its site suitability along with it’s contribution to carbon sequestration and benefits for red squirrels.

Past intensive agricultural activities have impacted the biodiversity matrix of the site and seen a decline of all wildlife that populated the area, including pollinating insects. The project developers will be carrying out ongoing baselining over the next 12 months, including eDNA analysis of soils and ponds (when created), bat transects and pollinator transects, whilst trail cameras have already been set up to help record mammals. It is expected that bringing back floral diversity in the estate will accelerate the ecosystem recovery of the area and help establish it as a wildlife hotspot in Central Scotland.

Leadloch team

Positive for People

The project is employing local (central Scotland) contractors to carry out all forestry, peatland and biodiversity-related work on the site when their own locally-based FFC staff cannot do it. The project has been initiated following in-depth due diligence on community consultation, grievance mechanisms and collecting stakeholder feedback. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code will be exercised throughout the woodland, and self-closing gates for recreational access will be provided to allow people easy informal path routes. The project is also liaising with local research institutions such as the University of Stirling to provide research and training opportunities for young ecologists and eager students, encouraging young people to be interested in a connected to nature.

Project collaboration

Developer Information

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The Future Forest Company is a well-known forestry developer in Scotland who is on a mission to plant enough trees by 2030 to remove 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, restore biodiversity and fight climate change. They follow a nature-first approach in their work, keeping the environmental and ecological impact of their interventions at the heart of what they do, and provide certified UK Woodland and Peatland Carbon Code units, which are traceable, authentic and legally recognised. So far, their work spans 12 sites in Scotland across habitats and ecosystems which are monitored by their in-house forestry and ecology experts to ensure that the woodlands they establish stay healthy and are able to thrive long into the future.

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Project Pictures

Leadloch saplings
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