07 Sep 2012 16:46
Thousands of trees planted at Lang Craigs Festival
The first of 200,000 trees were planted at Lang Craigs near Dumbarton on Saturday 8 September.
Woodland Trust Scotland director Carol Evans and Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, planted a native oak tree to mark the creation of the new wood, and nearly 200 local people, Woodland Trust Scotland members and schoolchildren planted 1,500 trees over the day. They also got involved in a range of craft activities and took the opportunity to get a guided tour of the site.
Carol Evans, director, Woodland Trust Scotland said: “I’m really impressed by how many local people have come out to plant a tree and find out more about our plans for Lang Craigs. This is a really exciting project for the Woodland Trust Scotland, we want as many people as possible to take part in creating this new wood on their doorstep.
It’s just over a year since we were able to buy Lang Craigs and it’s great to get the point where trees are going in the ground. We want to breathe new life into the landscape, not just by planting trees but also creating new walking routes and a woodland sculpture trail.”
Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton said: “The Lang Craigs project is fantastic. This wood will be a great asset for people to enjoy, and will give local wildlife a new home.
“I’m proud to have planted the first of 200,000 trees at Lang Craigs, it’s great that 3,000 schoolchildren will have the same opportunity over the next few years, and it’s astonishing to think that if the young people who have planted trees here come back with their own children, they will find a flourishing native woodland with plenty of paths for people to explore and soak up the sights and sounds of nature.
“Walking in the woods is proven to have a positive effect on people’s health. I’m pleased that the Woodland Trust Scotland is providing more opportunities to get outdoors and stay healthy.”
Notes to Editors:
Over the next three years the Woodland Trust Scotland will plant 200,000 native trees at Lang Craigs, many by local schoolchildren and volunteers to create a large new wood that will benefit people and wildlife. The site is home to wildlife including otters and peregrine falcons, and offers spectacular views of Dumbarton and Ben Lomond.
For more information contact:
The Woodland Trust Scotland
<p><b>The Woodland Trust Scotland</b> is part of the UK’s leading charity championing native woods and trees. It has over 400,000 supporters. The Trust has three key aims: i) to plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife ii) to protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable iii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, allowing native flora and fauna to return.<br /> <br />Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). In 1984, the Trust acquired its first wood in Scotland. Today the Trust owns 80 sites across Scotland covering 8,750 hectares (20,000 acres). The charity has more than 400,000 supporters.</p><p>The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC038885) and in England and Wales (No 294344). A non-profit making company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No 1982873. Registered Office: Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL. The Woodland Trust logo is a registered trademark.</p>