To coincide with the launch of our consultation on the National Park Authority’s Trees and Woodland Strategy, here’s some fun facts you may not know about the woodlands in this iconic place.
Trees are not only an important part of our landscape here in the National Park, they impact on all areas of our lives from providing the fresh air we breathe, shelter, how and where we switch off or exercise, to the timber used throughout our homes.
Did you know?
- Roughly 30% (52,300ha) of the National Park is covered with trees. 1ha is roughly the size of an international rugby pitch, so that’s over 50,000 rugby pitches!
- Some of our woodlands are really old. Around a quarter (13,300ha) have been there since 1860 or earlier.
- 25% of the trees in the National Park are native woodland.
- The other 75% of our trees are productive conifer woodland, which help to support the forest management and timber processing sectors both within and outside the National Park.
- 5% (2,550ha) of woodland in the National Park is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and include the two most southerly ancient Caledonian Pine woodlands found in Scotland.
- The native woodland within the National Park includes some of the finest examples of Atlantic Oak woodland (Scotland’s rare temperate rainforests) in Europe, with over 1,800ha (3.5% of all woodland) being designated as Special Areas of Conservation.
- Just over half of all woodland in the National Park is managed as part of the National Forest Estate, including two Forest Parks: Argyll Forest Park, which is the oldest Forest Park in Britain (dating from 1935) and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
- The National Park contains one of the UK’s largest National Nature Reserves – The Great Trossachs Forest – where 4,200ha of native woodland has been created as a part of a wider habitat mosaic thanks to a collaboration between multiple landowners and partners.
- Trees in the National Park hold approximately 2.5 million tonnes of carbon, making our woodlands a fantastic resource in the fight against climate change.
- Everyone has a role to play in looking after our trees. Three woodlands in the National Park are even managed by their local communities in Tyndrum, Crianlarich and Cormonachan Woodlands on the west shore of Loch Goil.
Have your say
Our draft Trees and Woodland Strategy sets out a clear, ambitious vision for trees and woodlands in the National Park. It will be the main guidance for foresters, land managers, communities or residents to form tree proposals in the National Park over the next twenty years.
Responding to a strategy like this might seem quite specialist but that’s not the case. We encourage everyone with an interest in trees and nature to respond to the consultation to have their say on the future of woodlands in the National Park. Visit our consultations page to download the document and find out how you can have your say.