Published: 09/08/2017 17:35 - Updated: 09/08/2017 17:38

Woodlands success story to be celebrated in Newtonmore


The Newtonmore site of the Highland Folk Museum.
The Newtonmore site of the Highland Folk Museum.


An ancient woodland project which has smashed its targets across two Highland areas will be celebrated in Badenoch later this week.

A free family-friendly special at Newtonmore’s Highland Folk Museum will celebrate Forest Fest over the weekend.

The event will feature woodland culture, with demonstrations of traditional tree-felling using saws and axes, horse-logging, green woodworking, arts and crafts, forest foods and storytelling.

"There will be lots of opportunities for a hands-on experience of the lumberjack life!" promised Peter Lowe, senior ancient woodland restoration project manager.

The event runs on Saturday (August 12) and Sunday from 10.30am to 4pm.

The Woodland Trust’s Ancient Woodland Restoration Project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in Scotland provides expert advice to landowners in Cairngorm and hinterland, The Great Glen and Three Firths.

The four-year programme comes to an end in March.

The target was to have 3,200ha of land committed to the process of restoration, but 10,000ha are already signed up.

Mr Lowe added: "The project has had huge interest from landowners and we are so delighted to have such a large area committed to the process of restoration.

"Forest Fest will be a chance to really celebrate that success, to demonstrate ancient woodland restoration techniques and to enjoy a variety of aspects of woodland culture. It will be a great family day out."

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