Dec 17 2021
Partnership with Assynt Foundation
The Assynt Foundation and Woodland Trust Scotland have entered a 30-year partnership to revitalise Glencanisp and Drumrunie Estates in the North-west highlands.
The result will be a resilient upland landscape that should support more people as well as greater biodiversity.
The Assynt Foundation was established in advance of the landmark community land buy-out of the Glencanisp and Drumrunie estates in 2005, under provisions of The Scottish Land Reform Act (2003).
The 44,400 acres includes the mountains of Suilven, Canisp, Cul Mor and Cul Beag set amongst a vast patchwork of rivers and lochans.
The partnership aims to create new native woods amongst a wider mosaic of trees, open moorland and mountains. Open ground habitat, peatlands and riparian areas will be improved through this 30-year rolling work programme. Existing ancient woodlands including remnants of Scotland’s rainforest will be restored and expanded
A joint management board will oversee the work with the chair alternating between the two charities. A Land Management Plan will be reviewed every five years with local consultation in line with Scottish Land Commission guidance.
The Trust will fund the woodland creation and environmental projects through the Forestry Grant Scheme and carbon revenue where eligible. Woodland Trust will register the new woodland with the Woodland Carbon Code and share the carbon income with Assynt Foundation.