Trees for Life

Trees for Life

Charity information

Trees for Life

Trees for Life is Scotland’s leading conservation volunteering charity. Founded in 1989, our vision is to restore Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest to a spectacular wilderness region.

Founded 1991

  • Mission statement

    The ancient Caledonian Forest once covered a large part of the Highlands as extensive stands of majestic Scots pines, interspersed with birch, rowan, juniper and aspen trees. It was Scotland’s equivalent of the rainforest, but has been reduced to just a tiny fraction of its former range. Most of the surviving forests now consist of old trees reaching the end of their lifespan, with no new trees replacing them because of overgrazing by deer and sheep. Urgent action is required to conserve and extend these forests before it is too late.

    We are working with a number of partners including Forestry Commission Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland, RSPB and private landowners, to grow the Caledonian Forest of the future through planting native trees, removing non-native species and fencing seedlings to protect them from overgrazing. Our long term goal is to create a mature, healthy Caledonian Forest and to reintroduce missing species of wildlife, such as the beaver, wild boar, brown bear, lynx and wolf, which formerly lived in the forest.

    Our work is about people as much as places. The majority of our forest restoration work is carried out by volunteers, with hundreds of people joining us from all over the world every year to carry out rewarding and enjoyable conservation work to restore native habitats.

    Our volunteers have already planted a million trees and we have now set ourselves an ambitious target to establish our second million by 2018.

  • Aims

    Trees for Life aims to:

    • The core purpose and vision of Trees for Life is to restore the Caledonian Forest, and all its constituent species of flora and fauna to the Scottish Highlands
    • To engage volunteers of all ages and abilities to achieve this, we will provide a powerful and education experience that will promote the work of restoration to wider audiences.
    • By providing a sustainable and positive example of working in cooperation with nature, and demonstrating techniques of ecological restoration, we aim to inspire similar projects in the UK and globally
  • Overview

    Established: April 1991

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 13

    Part time staff: 5

    Volunteers: 250

    Phone number: 01309 691292

    Address: The Park, Forres, Moray IV36 3TZ

    View charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Commission website
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