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Volunteers go into lockdown on Scottish ‘rewilded’ estate to help save 100,000 trees

The volunteers are caring for the young trees and living in shared accommodation

The volunteers have locked down together on the estate
The volunteers have locked down together on the estate

Conservationists have gone into lockdown on a Scottish 'rewilding' estate in order to help save more than 100,000 trees.

A team of six people from Trees for Life have been voluntarily isolating themselves at the charity’s flagship Dundreggan rewilding estate in Glenmoriston, near Loch Ness in the Highlands since 23 March.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThey are living at the lodge in Dundgreggan which sleeps 12 people. It is situated on the southern boundary of Dundreggan, overlooking the River Moriston.

While the area is remote, there is one local cafe doing takeaways nearby, so the team has been eating food from there.

The trees – including Scots pine, rowan, juniper, hazel, holly and oak, as well as rare mountain species such as dwarf birch and woolly willow – have all been grown carefully from seed in Dundreggan’s specialised nursery, and were due for planting out on the hills this spring.

2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围app“We were all set for another busy season of preparing thousands of young native trees for planting on the hills by our volunteers, when the coronavirus crisis forced the postponement of this spring’s tree planting – meaning tens of thousands of young trees have not left our nursery as planned,” said Doug Gilbert, Trees for Life’s Dundreggan Manager.

“But nature isn’t in lockdown. All these precious trees have been coming into leaf, and we need to take care of them – especially in the dry weather we’ve been having. Without regular watering, they would all die. We also needed to start sowing new seed now, to ensure a supply of trees for future planting seasons.”

Dundreggan is a biodiversity hotspot that is home to over 4,000 plant and animal species. Discoveries include several species never recorded in the UK before, or previously feared extinct in Scotland.