Project LP.A3 (2015 onwards)

Future Forests

🎥 Future Forests

The Future Forests project will focus on creating a blueprint for enhancing woodland habitat connectivity, from which the beginnings of a long-term, sustainable approach to habitat enhancement and resilience will be created through activity in the Polldubh area of Glen Nevis for wildlife, public engagement and learning.

It will initially involve working with children to start to recreate a more naturally wooded glen but will also aim to open up opportunities to engage with other, local groups with specific needs, primarily those with learning disabilities and those with terminal illnesses. The blue- print will serve to create an enduring legacy, developing local involvement in a sustainable, organic way and including the capacity for development and change in response to new information about habitat response and resilience. In this way the project will eventually deliver the same outcomes as a large-scale native woodland scheme, like those funded through SRDP, but delivered at a fraction of the cost and with enormous public benefit in the much slower process of delivery.

The capacity to learn from mistakes and to adapt to new information is an important element of this slower process and will give the project much greater legacy and adaptability, which is completely absent from a one-off planting scheme.

The starting point of this project is to invite the community to consider what Glen Nevis might look like in 100 years. In doing so, the project acknowledges that there are no certainties in planning for the future and we must all be adaptive. The project will connect local children directly with the future of the Glen through planting new woodland, and establishing a legacy that will outlast them and their children.  People will grow with the landscape, fostering a sense of pride and ownership of their natural heritage.

Future Forests is generously funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Woodland Trust, Scottish Landfill Communities Trust, Friends of Nevis, Co-op Community Fund.

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