Pitlochry Afforestation

All Highland Carbon projects are undertaken in a robust biodiversity and landscape conservation framework

 

An outstanding project in the Heart of the Scottish Highlands located to the west of the Cairngorms National Park.  The project site itself overlooks the western end of picturesque Loch Rannoch from the northern slopes.  There are five Golden eagle nesting sites on the craggy mountainsides!

The new woodland on the slopes of the Meall Gorm hill will join up two existing forests.  It will create a travel corridor, diverse food source and shelter belt for wildlife.  The result will be an area of continuous forest on both shores of the western end of Loch Rannoch -- one of the largest freshwater lochs in Scotland. 

 

The project complements rare vestiges of old-growth Caledonian Forest with a remarkably diverse planting scheme.  Native trees will be planted in zones as they would naturally occur in a wild forest: Caledonian Scots pine, sessile oak, silver birch, downy birch, rowan, hazel, alder, aspen, goat willow, grey sallow, eared willow and holly.  The inclusion of oak in the planting scheme is exceptional; as is returning rare mountain aspen to the Scottish Highlands, which will turn a stunning golden colour in autumn.  In that way, the golden aspen trees will resemble those seen in Yellowstone National Park in the USA.

The project offers much needed employment for families in the country’s remotest community.  Highlands employment supported through the project include deer fencing contractors, earthmovers, tree nursery workers, ecologists, foresters, caterers, B&B owners and more.

Whilst commitments at all levels of offsetting are of course welcome, there is an exciting opportunity to support the whole of the project in either a single year or over a number of years; in which case, there would be a branding opportunity for the name of the carbon project itself. 

Highland Carbon provides ESG communications and public relations support to its partners.  We can arrange inspirational drone footage, which you could use in your digital ESG reporting, staff communications, investor relations and publicity.  Of course, we would be delighted to arrange site visits for your staff.

 

Additional projects are planned for this estate in future.  Please contact richard@highlandcarbon.com with the timing and quantity of your offset requirements to receive a pricing proposal and detail of associated benefits.

At a Glance: Pitlochry Afforestation

Location

  • Pitlochry, near Cairngorms National Park, Perthshire, Scotland

  • Overlooking Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht

Offsetting Capacity

48,000 TCO2e

 

Scale

205,000 trees comprising a 135 Hectare diverse native woodland

Biodiversity

  • Golden eagles, dwarf mountain birch, aspen, black grouse, goldcrest and more

  • Complements a Sight of Special Scientific Interest with rare, old growth Caledonian Forest remnants

 

Project Status

  • Work undertaken in 2020

  • Project passed inspection, summer 2021

  • Project validation imminent, summer 2021

Recognised Offsetting Framework

Woodland Carbon Code

Recognised Offset Standards

PIU and WCUs