The National Trust for Scotland team at Mar Lodge Estate is celebrating the completion of the first phase of an ambitious project to transform and restore habitat in one of Scotland’s most fragile landscapes.

The Geldie Woodland Project, an ambitious habitat-restoration scheme is making good progress since it started in 2021 having planted 102,000k trees of native species in fenced enclosures over 120 hectares.

The project, which aims to tackle soil erosion, mitigate flooding and save endangered wild salmon and other threatened aquatic species, complements work to restore eroded peatlands within the same river catchment.

This work has already restored 180 hectares of peatland to date, with more work to save this vital resource in combating climate change planned over the next two years.