Loch Katrine Case Study

Loch KatrineCheviot Trees win contract grow for new expansive Forestry Commission native woodland planting around Loch Katrine

Cheviot Trees successfully secured the contract to grow 600,000 native trees and shrubs for the Forestry Commission’s high profile woodland establishment project in central Scotland.

Planting over a three year period, with a possible requirement to supply additional planting stock over a further two years, the project saw the establishment of almost 8500 hectares. It is the largest, predominantly broadleaved, new woodland planting seen in Scotland since the Middle Ages. An extensive area of woodland will begin to take shape across the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

This vision follows the lease by Scottish Water of its 9600-hectare property around Loch Katrine and Loch Arklet to Forestry Commission Scotland. The Forestry Commission has ambitious plans to restore thousands of hectares of natural habitat around the loch over the next 10 to 20 years.

This project, when added to neighbouring properties, where native woodland is also being restored, will create Scotland ’s largest continuous native woodland habitat. The woodland at Loch Katrine will consist predominantly of Birch and Scots pine, with Oak on the lower slopes near the Loch. A mix of hazel, rowan, alder, willow, juniper, bird cherry and aspen, along with a small range of woody shrub species will create an attractive landscape, and will blend upwards to merge with the harsher environment of the higher slopes.

Cheviot Trees are specialists in the supply of ‘provenance specific’ planting stock, and the Loch Katrine project is another example of how forward planning, working with the customer and contract growing provides genuine Best Value for everybody. Using Cell Grown Trees allows flexibility of planning, to fit site requirements and labour profiles. It enables easy programming of planting, without the need for cold-storage and without being vulnerable to adverse planting conditions. Cell grown trees are the way forward today, with impending climate change, and increasingly dry, hostile planting conditions becoming the norm.

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