A farmer based in Sutherland is to grow the largest woodland to be approved by Scottish Forestry this century.
From end to end, the new 933 hectare woodland will stretch over 12km along Strath Carnaig, strengthening the current native woodland networks on a landscape scale.
Dornoch farmer, Ken Greenland, worked closely with Scottish Forestry’s Highland and Islands Conservancy team to approve the plan, which aims to increase the biodiversity of the Cambusmore estate.
Nearly all the new trees – 1.4 million in total - will be native species, mostly scots pine and birch with rowan, oak, aspen and alder. The plan will also see natural regeneration to help grow the woodland over time. Around 58 ha has been earmarked for timber production.
The new planting will sequester nearly 50,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2045, contributing towards the Scottish Government’s climate change commitment to reach net zero emissions. This is the equivalent to soaking up the emissions of 11,000 cars being used for a year.