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Glen Ling | Carbon Capture

Caledonian Scots pine and birchwood restores a mountain river deep in the Scottish Highlands 

  • 100 hectare forest of 150,080 trees 
  • Attadale, Kyle, Highlands.  
  • River restoration 
 

From the road to Skye, turning inland at Eilean Donan Castle and following the River Ling deep into the Kyle hills, are clues to an ancient forestRemnant birches cling to the steep banks of the Allt Loch Innis nan Seangansurrounded by swathes of purple moor-grass, all that is left by the grazing of the deer.  

 

 

Biodiversity


The Glen Ling project is turning this retreat of the trees around. By fencing deer out of the riparian corridor, seedlings which have germinated only to be grazed away will be able to grow and fill out the tree canopy. Ongoing management by the estate, supported by the funds realised through the carbon benefit of the trees, will ensure they remain protected from deer.  

 

For years, Atlantic salmon in the river have suffered from the erosion of the river banks. They are also at risk from warming waters reducing oxygen levels as the climate warms. By stabilising the soil and creating dappled shade, the restored woodland will protect the salmon and other freshwater fauna, ensuring the Allt Loch Innis nan Seangan remains and clear cool for many years to come.  

 

The native plant communities of the area have a long history of overgrazing by livestock and nutrient enrichment. This is less beneficial for wild flowers, but creates potential for planting a wide range of trees, where natural regeneration will not reach. Downy birch, Scots pine, rowan, eared willow, oak, alder, hawthorn, hazel and holly will be carefully sited to suit the shade, shelter, and soil depth and moisture. Trees will be planted at a variety of densities to create a mosaic of habitats: clusters on knolls, wider spacing towards the site boundary to feather out to the moorland, with deep peat areas left completely unplanted, with only a few plants of the shrubby eared willow along small burns in areas of mire.  

 

People 

Despite its remote location, people will also benefit from the forest, as two long-distance paths run across the site from Loch Long, one to Glen Strathfarrar and the other to Attadale. These were in disrepair, and have been restored as part of the scheme.  

 

The deer fence which is crucial to the forest’s success has been carefully designed through a full landscape analysis to respond to the visual forces of the landscape, and take advantage of the hummocky landform to minimise visual impact. Self-closing pedestrian gates where the path crosses the fence line ensure full public access.  

The result will be that landscape is improved and walkers will be able to enjoy the shelter, visual interest and wildlife of the reforested river in the heart of a wild landscape.  

 

“Let lofty firs, and ashes cool, 
My lowly banks o'erspread, 
And view, deep-bending in the pool, 
Their shadow's wat'ry bed: 
Let fragrant birks, in woodbines drest, 
My craggy cliffs adorn; 
And, for the little songster's nest, 
The close embow'ring thorn.” 

Robert Burns, ‘The humble petition of Bruar Water’, 1787.  

 

Contact 

Galbraith Carbon  

01463 224343 

 

Technical specifications 

Carbon 

 

47,654 PIUs (Promissory Issuance Units) are available to buy now, providing carbon offsetting for the future. These will be converted to WCUs (Woodland Carbon Units) which can be used to offset as follows: 

Date 

Years since start 

Available WCUs 

05 March 2026 

15 

4353 

05 March 2036 

25 

14663 

05 March 2046 

35 

11287 

05 March 2056 

45 

8099 

05 March 2066 

55 

5420 

05 March 2076 

65 

3832 

 

Total 

 

 

Location

 

AddressGlen Ling, Attadale, Kyle. IV40 8EB 

Lat. Long. 57.345797, -5.427525 

 

Date of Planting

 

2019 

 

Composition

 

 

Number of trees  

Area (hectares) 

Total site 

150,080 

100.4 

Total planted area 

 

96 

Open ground 

 

2.4 

Downy birch 

54,101 

34.6 

Scots pine 

50,975 

32.6 

Eared willow 

12,056 

7.7 

Holly 

7,523 

4.8 

Oak 

7,523 

4.8 

Hawthorn 

5,960 

3.8 

Rowan 

5,960 

3.8 

Alder 

2,991 

1.9 

Hazel 

2,991 

1.9