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Forest remnant

Aspen and birch amongst Scots pines at the east end of Glen Affric; Trees for Life's vision is to restore a mixed native forest like this.


Wild boar sow amongst pines

Wild boar sow under Scots pines. Photo by Liz Balharry.

The Festival Wood is wild forest regeneration initiative from A Greener Festival. It is not an offset scheme. The Festival Woods is an opportunity for the festival community to give something back to the great outdoors that we love to enjoy. A festival legacy that will grow and grow.

A Greener Festival chose to team with Trees for Life to create the Festival Wood, due to their proven and outstanding commitment to restoring, protecting and nurturing the wild forests in the Scottish Highlands.

“Trees for Life's vision is to restore a wild forest, which is there for its own sake, as a home for wildlife and to fulfill the ecological functions necessary for the wellbeing of the land itself.”

Trees are planted in natural distribution patterns at sites that offer maximum benefits for biodiversity. Trees for Life’s focus is on native species grown from locally collected seed, including Scots pine, willow, rowan, birch, hazel, alder, holly, aspen and bird cherry. The Festival Woods are beginning in Dundreggan, an area of 10,000 acres of wild land near Loch Ness.

We invite festivals, festival-goers, artists, suppliers and the whole festival community to get involved and donate trees, at £5 each, to this lasting positive restoration. We hope to one day see the Festival Woods flourish to become a diverse Festival Forest, rich with biodiversity and protected wilderness.

The first 300 trees are donated by our friends and coach travelers with Big Green Coach, the team at A Greener Festival and a wonderful 100 tree donation in loving memory of Aidan ‘Tig’ Challis.

Visit and Volunteer

Dundreggan has a visitor area so if you wish to see the Festival Wood you can! There is also opportunity to volunteer to go and plant trees with Trees for Life's Conservation Holidays. There are also educational walks and opportunities to observe the areas wildlife.

If you are a festival and want to get involved with the Festival Woods project contact

Trees for Life’s project area for forest restoration

Dundreggan tree planting and conservation project sites


So far we have planted 1056 trees.

Please click here to make a donation to this grove via our secure server:

We can also take your donation by phone: tel. 0845 458 3505.

Thank you.

The following festivals and suppliers have contributed to Festival Wood:

Deer Shed Festival
End of the Road Festival
Belladrum (Tartan Heart 2012) Festival
Barley Arts, Italy
Stack Cup
Peppermint Bars
Al Green Productions
Glastonbury Festival
Rockstar Services
Et Voila Events (January 2013)
ID&C Ltd (2013)
Live Experience
Et Voila Events (June 2013)
Electric Hotel
Kendal Calling
HADRA Trance Festival
Association of Festival Organisers
End of the Road Festival
Charge and Store

Published: 30 April 2012


Scots pine


Birches and junipers

Birches and junipers, Dundreggan

Trees for Life is an award winning conservation charity working to restore the Caledonian Forest
and all its species to a large contiguous area in the Highlands of Scotland.

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