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"Good company; good work; beautiful surroundings."
Janine, Leicestershire.

"This programme reminds me how volunteer work can achieve difficult things. It is rewarding and enjoyable"
Reiko, Glasgow.

"It was a beautiful week in which we achieved a lot of planting and potting in the nursery. I am excited by the scale of planting all coming from a small base"
Rosemary, Findhorn.

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Tree Nursery Weeks


Tree Nursery Weeks are held at Dundreggan, a 10,000 acre estate that is owned by Trees for Life in Glen Moriston, near Loch Ness. Our nursery is idyllically located next to a wildflower meadow and tranquil birch woodlands that invite exploration. We are growing a range of native trees for planting at our project sites, including rare species such as dwarf birch and woolly willow, and trialling innovative ways to propagate aspen, a beautiful but rare tree in the Caledonian Forest.

The Work

potting seedlingsTree Nursery Weeks are less physically demanding than our other Conservation Weeks, and are ideal for those who would like a more gentle option. Horticultural work focuses on growing rare and endangered species of the Caledonian Forest, with the varied activities including potting, weeding, mulching and seed sorting. If you are a keen gardener this is the week for you!

As on our other weeks, work starts just after 9am and finishes at about 5pm. The day is very relaxed, with regular opportunities for breaks as well as an hour for lunch.


Dundreggan Lodge
Accommodation is in Dundreggan Lodge, located next to the nursery. The lodge is situated on the southern boundary of Dundreggan Estate, overlooking the River Moriston. The recently converted building has 3 bunkrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, a large lounge/dining area, two bath/shower rooms and a drying room.

Opportunities for your day off

urquhartcastleOne of the most popular activities is to visit our wild boar, which were brought to the estate to aid bracken control and ground disturbance for the purpose of regeneration. We also have a wildlife hide where you can observe pine martens and many people take the opportunity to swim in the pool above Dundreggan Lodge if it's warm enough!

You could also visit the Loch Ness visitor centre in nearby Drumnadrochit, including the Nessie exhibition, or the famous Urquhart Castle is only 16 miles away and boat trips on the loch run from nearby Fort Augustus. If you enjoy hiking, the Five Sisters walk at Kintail is popular and there are various Munroes (mountain peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation) in the area.

Please note that the day off is also a day off for the leaders of the week. The minibus may sometimes be available for use as a group but you may need to rely on local transport to reach some of these locations.


wild boarDundreggan supports a remarkable array of species. Golden eagles are regularly seen on Conservation Weeks and recent weeks have also produced sightings of ospreys, ravens, merlins, tawny owls and peregrine falcons. Other bird species of note include the great spotted woodpecker, golden plover, Scottish crossbill, black grouse, snipe, goosander and woodcock.

For the mammal enthusiasts amongst you, Dundreggan is home to three species of deer (red, roe and sika), wild boar, mountain hares, otters and pine martens. There is also a huge wealth of invertebrate species, including many rare and endangered species.

Last updated: Thursday, 24-Oct-2013 16:13:31 CEST

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