We’re often asked about the trees that we plant, particularly the species and why they are chosen. Trees for Life has put together this brief outline to explain our planting methodology which we hope will be interesting for you...

The Caledonian Forest is a very diverse habitat, and the distribution of tree species is greatly influenced by site conditions. To give each tree the best chance of success, we mimic nature and choose species that are ideally suited to each location.

On wetter ground, Trees for Life plant alder and willow.  Hazel and bird cherry grow better in more sheltered locations.  Oak, wych elm and blackthorn thrive on lower planting sites, and juniper can be planted in any location that is not too wet.  Scots pine, elm and hazel grow well in the best quality soil, whilst hardy species like rowan and downy birch can cope in poorer soils.