The Great Trossachs Forest was established in 2009 and covers an area the size of Glasgow. It is one of the most ambitious native woodland regeneration projects to take place in the UK for a generation
With more than 1.5 million trees planted, the Great Trossachs Forest will eventually create one of the UK’s largest native woodlands in one of Scotland’s most celebrated landscapes, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
The National Nature Reserve accolade is awarded to areas managed to conserve sites of nationally or internationally important species or habitats and which are also managed to help people enjoy nature.
Restoring a mix of habitats across a wide area in the forest the programme will help to safeguard the future of species in decline, like the black grouse, and allow for a richer diversity of wildlife and plants in years to come. Other wildlife being helped includes golden eagle, osprey, pine marten, red squirrel, wild cat, water vole and otter. There is also an ongoing programme of work to remove invasive species and non-native trees.
Scotland’s newest reserve covers an area of land from Inversnaid on the east bank of Loch Lomond, through Loch Katrine and Glen Finglas and almost as far as Callander. With an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, two visitor gateways have been built at Inversnaid and Glen Finglas.
Map showing the area covered by the Great Trossachs National Nature Reserve with the Great Trossachs Path
A new long distance path has also been created, the Great Trossachs Path, to connect a wider network of trails and natural play and sculpture trails installed.
The restored landscape balances the needs of wildlife and people and offers superb recreation: a range of walks, cycle paths and guided trails for people of varying abilities and fitness.
The forest celebrates the rich and diverse culture which has influenced this landscape and inspired generations of artists and writers.
Get out, get Active and enjoy the Great Trossachs Forest, a partnership project between Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB Scotland, and the Woodland Trust Scotland.
A forest of the future - In 200 years, it will stretch over 160 square kilometres at the heart of Scotland’s Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.