Conservation Weeks in the Scottish Highlands
Trees for life is an award-winning Scottish charity working to restore native Caledonian Forest to a spectacular wilderness region of the Scottish Highlands. Almost all of our work is carried out by volunteers.
The Caledonian Forest once covered much of the Highlands and was home to many rare and endangered species. Today, only a fraction of the original forest still survives and overgrazing prevents the growth of new trees. Urgent action is required to conserve the forest and its unique wildlife for the future.
Conservation volunteering with Trees for Life offers a rewarding and hugely enjoyable opportunity to restore native forests and wildlife habitats. Our volunteers have planted over one million trees and we're now working to expand the forests with a million more.
Join us on a Conservation Week in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.
The Caledonian Forest needs you!
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.
There are four key elements which we believe contribute to the quality of our volunteers' experience:
Helping the planet: Doing something positive and empowering to help the planet.
Contact with nature: Spending a week working amidst the forests, rivers and mountains of the Scottish Highlands, being inspired by the wilderness.
Sharing with others: Living, eating and working with like-minded people.
Education: Learning about ecological restoration through practical work and direct observation.
What are the weeks like?
There are up to ten volunteers on a week, with two skilled and experienced group leaders. You must be 18 or over to participate. There's no upper age limit but the work can be physically demanding, so you will need a reasonable level of fitness. However, volunteers usually find a pace of work they can cope with and we also offer Tree Nursery Weeks, which are more gently paced.
We provide full accommodation including vegetarian or vegan food and tranport to and from Inverness. The week starts with an introductory walk and most days run from 9 am to 5 pm, with cooking and other chores done on a voluntary rota basis. Each task is explained and demonstrated before you begin and we provide all necessary tools and safety equipment. Wednesday is a day off - you may choose to do something with the group, explore the local area or spend time on your own. In the evenings you have time to relax, eat, read, play games or tell stories - whatever you feel moved to do!
Last updated: 19 June 2014