November has seen the start of the National Trust project to reforest Glen Rosa. Earlier in the year the National Trust for Scotland unveiled an initiative to plant 32 hectares of native trees in Glen Rosa. The Trust aims to renew the natural habitat for wildlife on the island, as well as ensure the preservation of the Arran Whitebeam – one of the most endangered tree species in the world.
One of Head Ranger Kate Sampson’s big projects for 2018 is to plant native woodland in the area. Trees were once abundant in the area, but overgrazing has seen them disappear from the glen.
Kate says, “We’re trying to restore some of the habitats that have been degraded through overgrazing in the past and we’re going to actually put a huge fence right across the glen and put back woodland. One of the reasons for this is to give the Arran Whitebeam trees a chance to have a home back in the glen.”
Updates from the Arran Ranger Service said on 17th November, with the help of the Lothian Conservation Volunteers, the project got off to a great start, with a huge 280 trees planted in one day. Later on in the month children from Brodick Primary school learnt all about the project, and are a planning a trip in a couple of weeks to go to the glen to plant some trees.
Here are some of their reasons for wanting to bring native trees back to Glen Rosa:
A tree planting volunteer day in Glen Rosa is planned for 6th December. At the time of going to press the Ranger service said it is at full capacity. However you can PM them on Arran Ranger Service facebook or email email@example.com if you’d like to be put on the reserve list (in case anyone cancels), or would like to hear about any future planting days.