Trust Buys Ben Shieldaig
The Woodland Trust has bought spectacular Ben Shieldaig in the North-west of Scotland after a public appeal raised the purchase price of £1.6M in a little over two months. Fundraising continues with a target to raise a further £3.4M for management costs. People seem to have been really inspired by the thought of a whole mountain coming under our care, and beautiful images deployed across our comms have captured attention.
Check out the latest Broadleaf for a fantastic graphic showing what is where on the hill.
This is a rare chance for us to bring a whole mountain under our care. It already supports a magnificent area of ancient Caledonian pinewood and a Scottish rainforest of native birchwood. Perhaps even more exciting is the potential to manage these within a mosaic of their natural neighbours. Our aim is to see native woodland, montane scrub and open moorland habitats meshing naturally with each other from sea to sky. That would encapsulate all that a restored landscape can be, not just in Torridon but across the Highlands.
The purchase price of £1.6M included funding of £200,000 thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. A further £600,000 will go towards ongoing management costs thanks to players.
With its summit at 534m Ben Shieldaig covers around 3800 acres set in the dramatic Torridon landscape within the Wester Ross National Scenic Area. It was put on the market by its private landowner last year.
The mountain offers excellent walking and has spectacular views from the summit towards Skye and the Outer Hebrides.
Exciting times ahead!