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Invitation to Tender for Fencing Works

Woodland Trust Scotland is inviting tenders for deer fencing at Eisg Brachaidh. For more details please see the invitation to tender document available for download below: WT_ITT_Final EB boundary Fencing tender_001 210220 Documents mentioned in appendices available soon.

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The Big Climate Fightback: Tree Planting at Little Assynt

Guest Blog by Alison Roe   Saturday 30th November Quinag looms high on the horizon, glowing gently in the afternoon sun as I pull into the car park by the tree nursery at Little Assynt. I’m here for the tree planting event, organised by CALLP in partnership with The Woodland Trust, and we’re definitely lucky with the weather. Rain and high winds are forecast for the coming week but today it’s beautiful – cold and clear – a great day to be outside and good conditions for planting trees. The area to be planted is just a few minutes walk along the path from the car park: a little hollow open to the east with views over to Quinag. Even though I’ve arrived quite early, there are already quite a few folk busy with spades, with Elaine on hand to explain what to do. I comment on the beauty of the location. Elaine explains that they chose this particular spot for its easy access and for its suitability for planting: it’s not too steep and is mostly grass and bracken

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Battle of the seasons above, hedgerow jelly planting below

As winter and summer battled it out last Friday (3rd May) alternating between the former throwing down bitingly-cold hail showers and the latter retaliating with bright warm sunshine, eight Achiltibuie P5-7s and three nursery children were also alternating between hurrying indoors and strolling back outside as they dodged the weather extremes for the sake of warm fingers and toes, and dry clothes! The task at hand was hedgerow planting, offering a home to native tree, shrub and climbing species that provide a rich selection of nature’s finest fruits and berries. Rowan, dog rose, hawthorn, blackthorn, elder and crab apple were in the mix, and we took a closer look at the differences between these species before planting them zigzag style, with enough space to grow individually while being close enough to form a dense hedge together as they mature. This is part of The Woodland Trust’s Hedgerow Jelly project, with schools across Scotland taking part, meaning that species-rich, nature friendly habitat is being simultaneously planted far and wide, that will provide food for wildlife and human mouths alike for future

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Tree Planting on Isle martin

Last week we held a tree planting session on Isle Martin. 1000 trees were taken by boat to our beautiful community island and planted by volunteers from John Muir Trust and the local community. It was a fantastic day with brilliant weather, all be it too hot! A mixture of native trees from locally sourced seed at Little Assynt Tree Nursery including Eared Willow, Hazel, Birch, Scot’s pine, Dog Rose, Oak, Juniper and Aspen were planted to create a new woodland. the terrain was hard work and the weather didn’t make it any easier, but all the trees were planted at their new home and the experience was enjoyed by all. Especially when ice creams were bought out at lunchtime by an Isle Martin volunteer to cool everyone off! A big thank you goes out to all those who helped on the day, the John Muir Trust volunteers and the Isle Martin Trust and volunteers. Trees were provided through the Woodland Project managed by the Woodland Trust Scotland.   Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it this time, there will

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Planting starts in huge ecosystem restoration

Guest blog by George Anderson, PR & Communications Officer for Woodland Trust Scotland (originally published on the Woodland Trust website) Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Scheme (CALL) is a unique partnership working to enhance the natural, built and cultural heritage of one of the UK’s most spectacular landscapes. We are handling the forestry component and we are delighted to say the first trees have gone into the ground. CALL’s area covers 635 square kilometers and has a population of 1,200. Some of our most enigmatic mountains are within the patch which boasts: 1 national scenic area 3 special areas of conservation 2 special protection areas 8 sites of special scientific interest 1 marine protected area 1 national nature reserve 2 core wild land areas The territory covered stretches between Ullapool, Achiltibuie and Lochinver in the North-West highlands. Pre-school children from Lochinver helped start the planting of 100 hectares of land near the village with downy birch, alder, willow, oak, hazel, wych elm, bird cherry, gean, rowan and aspen. The involvement of organisations and schools The Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape Partnership

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Woodland Expansion Project Update

The ground preparation works for planting trees are well underway at Druim Suardalain The fencing works are being carried out by local contractor and good progress is being made with the dismantling of old fences. Volunteers had made a good start on the Gorse clearance (which is a thankless job!) but now they will be glad to hear we are trialling a ground clearance machine over the next week or so that should make short work of it! Anyone interested in planting and or maintenance operations please get in touch with Elaine Macaskill, Woodland Manager on 01571 844638 or email emacaskill@coigach-assynt.org

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Tenders out for Woodland Project

The main aim of our woodland expansion project is to protect, connect and expand native woodland in Coigach and Assynt. Tenders are out now for ground preparation and fencing work at Druim Suardalain. If you would like to be contacted about future tree planting work, are interested in your own woodland scheme or would like to be involved in a woodland project, please contact our Woodland Manager, Elaine MacAskill at emacaskill@coigach-assynt.org or 01571 844638. For more information about our woodland projects, see our Woodland Expansion project page here or projects list here.

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 NEW CHAPTER FOR COIGACH AND ASSYNT LIVING LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP

 27th July 2016 Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership has secured funding worth £2.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from other funders, to enable delivery of a wide range of projects over the next five years. This support will enable Project Partners to deliver twenty eight projects that will collectively enhance the area’s natural, built and cultural heritage. Highlights include: creating and expanding native woodland, offering outdoor learning to all local schools, major repairs to the approach and summit paths of Suilven, and work to excavate and stabilise the Iron Age Clachtoll Broch. Jonathan Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “With these generous awards from HLF, the Lund Fund and many others, we now have the opportunity to achieve something very special for the landscapes, the wildlife and the communities of Coigach and Assynt. Through seeking to work in true partnership with local communities, neighbouring landowners and fellow conservation charities, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has already achieved so much more than it ever could by going it alone. Having been personally involved in this project from

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Tree Planting Training In Coigach and Assynt

Join for a FREE practical tree planting training In Coigach on Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 10am OR In Assynt on Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 10am   This one day course will include: Tree identification and quality assessment Theory of the woodland planting process: what to plant, where and how Practical skill incliuding hand mounding, tree planting and the erection of tree shelters   Local representatives will be running the course, including Crofting Woodlands Project Officer Willie Beatie of the Woodland Trust Scotland. To enrol on either day, please contact Susan Pease or Elaine MacAskill on 01571 844638 or spease@coigach-assynt.org

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