“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb
Planting trees is a gift for the future and this is what’s been going on at Dùn Coillich since 2002, when 418 hectares, between Glen Goulandie and Schiehallion, was purchased on behalf of the community by Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust (HPCLT). The Trust’s overall aim is to create an environment to benefit both wildlife and the well-being of Highland Perthshire residents and visitors. This is being achieved through the restoration of a healthy ecosystem, and key to this is the planting of native trees, such as scots pine, downy birch, rowan and sessile oak. At Dùn Coillich the vision of the founders is now being realised as young trees overtop the heather and bracken, and a wealth of plants, fungi, birds, insects, spiders and mammals is to be found.
There are established trees at the Wee Birks Field in Aberfeldy, gifted to the community in 2016 and looked after by HPCLT. It will be kept as an open space for public enjoyment, perhaps with some picnic tables and seats and some additional native flowering trees – we’re still open to suggested uses.
If you like the sound of this, come along to the 2018 AGM and find out more; it’s at 2pm on Saturday 24th March at Kynachan Hall, Tummel Bridge. The meeting is open to all – you don’t have to be a member. The AGM will be quite short, and will be followed by a talk by Dr David Hetherington, Ecology Adviser with the Cairngorms National Park Authority and a Trustee of the native forest restoration charity, Trees for Life. There will also be light refreshments, displays illustrating some of the exciting work being done by HPCLT, including our Rural Skills training for young people, and the chance to talk to some of the people actively involved in HPCLT.
Dr Andrew Walker, Chair, HPCLT
01887 830461, email@example.com