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Pitlochry Afforestation  SOLD

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 west of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.  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 project is in a spectacular location.  There are views to Ben Nevis from the top of the site.  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, located across the loch, 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.

The landowner also aspires to create a community orchard on the side of the loch which will be freely accessible to local people for fruit picking.

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

At a Glance: Pitlochry Afforestation


  • Pitlochry, near Cairngorms National Park, Perthshire, Scotland

  • Overlooking Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht

Offsetting Capacity

48,706 TCO2e



205,000 trees comprising a 135 Hectare diverse native woodland


  • 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

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Climate Action

  • Life on Land

  • Life Below Water

  • Partnerships for the Goals​

Recognised Offsetting Framework

Woodland Carbon Code

Recognised Offset Standards

Pending Issuance Units becoming Woodland Carbon Units

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