Although recognised as one of the last great areas of wilderness in the world, Scotland’s unspoilt nature is under serious threat. Over the centuries deforestation has left only about 1% of Scotland’s ancient forests. At Native Woods Preservation we wish to address this serious issue and contribute to preserving the remaining native woodlands and their great biodiversity.
Historically, the tree cover and diversity of Scottish woods were at their greatest about 5000 years ago. The Caledonian Forest (Latin: ‘wooded heights’) was a vast primeval wilderness spreading across 1.5 million hectares and the wood species were Scots pine, aspen, birch, oak, rowan, holly, willow and alder – and others which may have been completely lost.
The arrival of farmers put significant pressure on these woods. A combination of burning, overgrazing and timber felling gradually obliterated the native woodlands and by the 18th century only a fraction was left. In the 20th century fast-growing species such as the Sitka spruce were introduced to aid Scotland’s timber production and ancient broadleaves were phased out to give way to these new commercial forests.
The mixture of trees, undergrowth, fallen trees and open ground in native woodlands provides an ecosystem which enables the existence of a diverse range of animals and birds, in stark opposition to the monoculture introduced by commercial forestry companies which ruin these ecosystems and their natural diversity. Natural pathways, fallen trees, brush and undergrowth are necessary to create the great biodiversity which distinguishes a native woodland.
However, like any other organism nature has the ability to heal and restore itself back to a healthy condition. As our contribution to this healing process Native Woods Preservation Ltd have purchased the beautiful Loch Wood on the Blackwood Estate. Loch Wood contains several ancient woodland indicators and was in previous times kept as an amenity woodland for the Barony of Blackwood.
The conservation scheme is as simple as it is effective. When Loch Wood is split into miniature plots it will be impossible for future developers to buy the woodland and use it for commercial purposes. By taking part in this scheme you are leaving a double heritage for your children – the title and the lasting contribution to a good cause.
When supporting our cause you will do your part to preserve the beautiful native woodlands of Scotland, a unique biodiverse landscape with rare and ancient species.