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28th July 2016

ATF Scotland in the Highlands

ATF Scotland group at Brahan

Adam Riedi, co-ordinator of Ancient Tree Forum Scotland, writes about the group’s visit in July to the Brahan Estate in the Scottish Highlands

The Brahan estate lies to the north of River Conon, around 25 miles north from Inverness.

Planting records show tree planting dating from the 17th century. At a time where east Highland society was still based upon the tribal loyalties of the clan system and the journey form Edinburgh was a serious undertaking, the estate of the Seaforths were beginning wide scale afforestation and the design of a planned landscape. Trees from the 1680’s can still be seen today, including the very fine Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine) growing on the banks of the Conon.

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