The project area’s existing native woodland extends to approximately 4,000 hectares – roughly 6.5% of the total land area. Much of this comprises of small, scattered fragments found along the area’s coastal fringes. Due to their small size most native woodlands are not designated, but offer considerable potential for protection and expansion to improve their connectivity and resilience.

Scattered along the lower edges of the coast, lochs and lochans, up gullies and in places sheltered from the sometimes dramatic elements the area experiences, lie some beautiful, species rich woodlands, but many are in need of protection and enhancement if they are to both survive and thrive into the future.

The aims of this project are to:

  • Protect the existing native woodland fragments in the area;
  • Facilitate expansion through encouraging native regeneration and where appropriate the planting of native species, with suitable protection of the form of fencing, and;
  • Promote the connection of woodland fragments thereby providing habitat corridors for woodland and associated species.

As well as delivering environmental benefits the project will also aim to look at the practical benefits that woodland can provide:

  • Shelter – from the elements for people, wildlife and stock.
  • Fuelwood – a local sustainable and environmentally friendly option.
  • Orchards – support for establishing community orchards.
  • Wildlife – shelter, food and habitat network linkage.

Project timeline

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Key contacts

Elaine Macaskill
CALLP Woodland Manager
emacaskill@coigach-assynt.org

Project partners

Funding partners

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Calling for Fruity Information!

As part of the Woodland Expansion project, CALL are hoping to develop a couple of community orchards. We are looking for information from anyone who grows fruit in Coigach, Assynt

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeWednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 7:53am

A few of our team will be at this conference this Thursday and Friday - looking forward to seeing what @innerforth have done over the last few years and meeting folk from other @heritagelottery funded Landscape Partnership Schemes

Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeTuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 6:18pm

It does look fab, your team and all the volunteers have done a fantastic job https://t.co/YUh9Vx6rTz

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeMonday, August 13th, 2018 at 5:13pm

CALL was at the Assynt Games on Friday with some creature creating activities. Check the blog for pictures of the event!

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Coigach & Assynt Living LandscapeThursday, August 9th, 2018 at 5:10pm

Our Woodland Artisan Project has some great opportunities coming up to learn traditional skills. For the next one, Tim Palmer is returning for a Willow Weaving course. No experience necessary but booking is essential. See the poster below for details on how to take part