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Three Thousand Trees; Discovering Sustainability and Biodiversity in Cabrach

Updated: Sep 28

At The Cabrach Trust, a commitment to sustainability is at the heart of everything they do.

They're dedicated to finding the perfect balance between economic growth, environmental preservation, and community well-being to secure a thriving future for generations to come.

On their journey to combat climate change, they've planted an impressive 3000 native broadleaf trees along the beautiful discovery trail, carefully designed with nature's recovery in mind. This area, once grazed by sheep, has been impacted by riverbank erosion, but they're working hard to restore this area of natural beauty.

They've also created enchanting nature ponds and wildflower meadows to support wider biodiversity, strengthening nature's resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Recently, I had the pleasure of exploring the meadows and trying my hand at scything under the guidance of biologist, educator and nature-restorer, Doug Gooday. What made the experience truly special was meeting these fellow participants including John Malster, a biodiversity enthusiast collaborating with Moray Council. John shared incredible insights and details about the local ecosystem. Did you know that dandelions support a whopping 130 species of insects, while daffodils, lovely as they are, only support three?

John emphasised that wildflowering isn't as simple as it seems; many wildflowers are annual and need ongoing care, and careful consideration is required when selecting species for planting. Tree planting is also a considered process; finding the right species to find their perfect spot means that optimal light, soil, water-table conditions have to be considered -- for current and future growth.

Speaking of traditional craftsmanship and nature, it was a pleasure to met Ewan from Stane Dykers, who is a wealth of knowledge about the incredible nature friendly benefits of dry stone walls. Not only do the walls keep traditional skills and craftsmanship alive, but they also provide vital habitats, and act as windbreaks, as well as contributing to soil conservation.

If you have the chance, make the journey to The Cabrach and its discovery trail to see the wild meadowflower and grasslands. Take inspiration and knowledge from what they are doing and try to bring a bit of wild meadow into your own garden.

And when you go, I hope you'll be able to find just one of the 3,000 small saplings planted...and mark the day, when you or your family can return to sit under one of the fully grown trees.

#Sustainability #Biodiversity #TheCabrachTrust #ScotClimateWeek #LetsDoNetZero

Blog written by Louise Nicol who is taking up our new post as Development Officer, Climate Action

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