Trees for Life
Focus: Conservation, Community and Education.
The core purpose and vision of Trees for Life is to restore the Caledonian Forest and all its constituent species of flora and fauna to the Scottish Highlands. By engaging volunteers to achieve this, we aim to provide a powerful and educational experience that will promote the work of restoration to wider audiences. Through providing a demonstration of the techniques of ecological restoration, we aim to inspire similar projects elsewhere in the UK and around the world.
Costs & Benefits
There are three main ways in which you can volunteer with Trees for Life:
Held at stunning locations across the Scottish Highlands, our Conservation Weeks provide an opportunity for volunteers from all around the world, of all ages and backgrounds, to help restore Scotland's natural environment. From planting trees to removing non-native species, putting up fences, collecting seeds and berries, and growing trees in our nursery, there is something for everyone!
Long-Term Volunteering placements
If you are hoping to start a career in conservation or simply want to expand your skill set, the Trees for Life Long-Term Volunteering programme is the ideal way to gain experience in practical forest restoration work. Placements are from one to three months at our Dundreggan Conservation Estate and include accommodation and a weekly food allowance.
Our Conservation Days are for people who live locally in the Inverness-shire, mid-Highland or West Moray area. They run fortnightly on a Wednesday in a variety of locations across the Highlands. Volunteers take part in a range of exciting activities including tree planting, surveying natural regeneration, rhododendron bashing, collecting seeds and berries, working in our tree nursery and much more!
£140 or £80 per week if unwaged: i.e. students, unemployed, retired. Includes accommodation, food and transport from Inverness. Simple but comfortable, ranging from a renovated croft house to well appointed bunkhouse with all facilities.
None required, although volunteers need to be reasonably fit to take part. An interest in conservation is useful but not essential, no previous experience required. Minimum age 18.
Trees for Life
The Park, Findhorn Bay,
Forres, IV36 3TZ, Scotland UK
Tel: +44 (1309) 691 444
Location:Forres, Scotland UK
Average cost per day:£20(£12 if unwaged)
Focus: Conservation, Community and Education
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and English speaking