Weather, poor soils and altitude are all often quoted as factors that prevent trees and other natural vegetation growing across large parts of the Highlands and Islands. This image of a wooded island in Assynt, a wild place but largely bereft of its natural vegetation cover, suggests that trees are perfectly capable of growing when relieved of intensive grazing pressure from deer and sheep.
Across the country there are many examples of islands, gorges or rocky ledges that are inaccessible to hungry herbivores, that clearly illustrate the ability of natural vegetation to prosper when relieved of unsustainable grazing pressure.
And meanwhile, at the Arran Community Land Project at Whiting Bay, some Summer Party photos:
Thanks to all those who braved the rain for our Summer Party – fantastic food, great activities and a good opportunity for a get together.