Scotland, the UK and the wider world need a place where rewilding can be explored, undertaken and shared. That is why we want to create the world’s first Rewilding Centre at Dundreggan, a place where rewilding has been happening since 2008.Laurelin Cummins-Fraser, Rewilding Centre Director, Dundreggan
For over 25 years, charitable organisation has been working to rewild the Scottish Highlands. The charity is restoring the Caledonian forest in Glen Affric and at its 10,000-acre Dundreggan estate in Glenmoriston, where it grows thousands of native trees from seed each year. Working with landowners and local communities, Trees for Life is scaling up this work with its new Affric Highlands initiative.
Next year Trees for Life will open the world’s first Rewilding Centre at Dundreggan, where rewilding has been taking place since 2008. The multi-million-pound natural heritage centre will be a gateway to the estate’s wild landscape, allowing visitors to experience rewilding in action, explore accessible trails and hikes and learn more about local wildlife, culture and heritage. The centre will also offer a cafe, classrooms and accommodation for a wide range of immersive events, activities and experiences.
The HIE Green Jobs Fund has awarded £234,554 towards the capital costs of construction of the centre building and associated external works.
The centre will offer recreational and educational experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the natural landscape. The centre is expected to create up to 20 new full time equivalent rural green jobs in addition to the existing 8.7 at Dundreggan.
Displays and interpretation at the Centre will be in English and Gaelic, taking inspiration from the rich Gaelic heritage of the locality and of the wider Highlands,.
As well as being a place people will enjoy, the project makes an important contribution to a lower carbon economy, improved biodiversity and delivers benefits for local communities, including jobs.Carroll Buxton, Deputy Chief Executive, HIE
For over two decades Trees for Life has been working to bring innovation to conservation. Find out more about rewilding at Dundreggan; how they work with other organisations and the wider community; and the practical skills that volunteers and staff gain in areas like nursery horticulture, deer management, estate maintenance and more.