Forest Conservation Week in Remote Glen Affric
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Often described as one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, the glen's ancient woodlands and lochs are surrounded by mountain peaks, and the beautiful River Affric winds its way slowly through the glen. Glen Affric contains one of the largest, least disturbed native forests in the UK, which we will be working to extend and protect.
We will be working close to River Affric, planting trees in the glen. The work sites are remote and require well over an hour's walk over rough terrain to reach - you should have a good level of fitness and be prepared for a lot of walking! Other tasks may include removing redundant fencing, red squirrel survey work, felling non-native species or small scale fencing projects to ensure trees remain protected from deer. All of this work builds on previous successes and will help expand the existing woodland and connect the forest to the west coast.
Each conservation week group is led by two skilled and experienced volunteer team leaders (one of whom is an ODL leader). This will in all probablility be a mixture of ODL and general lovely people.We provide full accommodation including vegetarian or vegan food and transport to and from Inverness.
The rest day is normally Wednesday and there are lots of options, this is an incredible place, surrounded by mountains, but if you fancy something more chilled, you could plant some more trees (for those who didn't get enough in the first 3 days); or simply hang out in the lodge by the fire. In the evenings you have time to relax, eat, read, play games or tell stories - whatever you feel moved to do!
This event is being provided in conjunction with award winning conservation project Trees for Life and the cost of the week is £395 (or £185 for those on low income). You should visit their website here for more details and to book. Once you've booked, please come back to book on this page so we know who's coming.
What to bring
Trees for Life will send a full kit list once bookings are made, but note that a pillow case and sleeping bag required.
You will need decent warm and waterproof gear to last you all week, with spares in case your main set just won't get dry (although there is a drying room).
If the weather is fine, there's nothing better than a wild swim in the river, so bring shorts!
Food & drink
All food and drink for the week is provided, with Trees for Life supplying a large quantity of fresh vegetables and other vegetarian ingredients. Cooking is done communally and is always absolutely delicious. That said, you may want to bring in some treats and a modest amount of alcohol. There will be an opportunity to stop at a local shop at the last village before we head into the glen, but that will be your last chance (Unless you decide to use the free day to hike back out).