World-first rewilding centre gets under way in the Scottish Highlands

Ground has been broken on a new rewilding centre, which will be located on the 10,000 acre Dundreggan estate in Glenmoriston

” 2022 is an exciting year for all of us included with the Rewilding Centre,” director Laurelin Cummins-Fraser, informed Positive News. “We can not wait to see the tangible outcomes of the past four years of preparation and fundraising. The most amazing minute will be opening the doors to our visitors and taking them along the journey we have actually created, to share the cultural and natural heritage unique to Dundreggan and provide opportunities to find out about and engage with rewilding.”

The task is a prime example of rewilding in action. Exploited for centuries by sheep, deer and cattle grazing, the land is being nursed back to recovery under the stewardship of charity Trees for Life, which purchased the estate in 2008.

Tree-planting programmes have reintroduced unusual varieties to remote locations where they have all but vanished, while a decrease in grazing pressure is encouraging existing pieces of threatened Caledonian Forest– called Scotlands rainforest– to thrive.

Visitors will have a chance to check out an upgraded network of tracks around Dundreggan, and the centre itself will boast interactive screens and even onsite lodging.

The brand-new centre has actually been improved by ₤ 2m of National Lottery financing, along with assistance from Gaelic language body Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Trees for Life likewise raised ₤ 2m of financial investment via a bond deal on the Triodos Bank crowdfunding platform, and an additional appeal has so far rustled up ₤ 32,000, well above the ₤ 25,000 target.

Main image: Alex Baxter/Trees for Life.

Steve Micklewright, Trees for Lifes primary executive, said: “Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will be a place for individuals from all strolls of life to rewild themselves by exploring and taking pleasure in an impressive wild landscape in a beautiful Highland glen, and to spend time discovering the locations special wildlife and motivating Gaelic history.”

Heres a wild thing to make your heart sing– the worlds first rewilding centre, which will be found on the 10,000-acre Dundreggan estate in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland, will open within a year.

An artists impression of the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre. Image: Trees for Life

The estate is home to more than 4,000 animal and plant types, consisting of rarities previously feared extinct in Scotland. Visitors will have an opportunity to check out an upgraded network of tracks around Dundreggan, and the centre itself will boast interactive display screens and even onsite lodging. A special recovered and Gaelic-inspired tree sculpture by Scottish sculptor Helen Denerley will be a focal point.

” 2022 is an amazing year for all of us included with the Rewilding Centre,” director Laurelin Cummins-Fraser, told Positive News. The most exciting moment will be opening the doors to our visitors and taking them along the journey we have actually created, to share the cultural and natural heritage unique to Dundreggan and provide opportunities to find out about and engage with rewilding.”

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