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Atlantic Woodland Alliance Meeting

A range of government, charity and community interests have come together to form the Atlantic Woodland Alliance with the aim to see Scotland’s rainforest thriving once again.  While rainforest restoration has been underway in Scotland for some years it has generally been at a small scale, for the short term and with piecemeal levels of support. A well-resourced and co-ordinated approach is required at the landscape scale over longer time periods to tackle the threats and make most of the opportunities.
So far those participating in the Alliance include RSPB, SNH, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Plantlife, the John Muir Trust, the Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Enterprise Scotland, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority, the National Trust for Scotland, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, the Community Woodlands Association and the Woodland Trust.  
The Alliance are starting to develop a strategy and from that plan to produce an action plan for the rainforest.  To make sure it is as pragmatic as it is aspirational the group is keen to have all the relevant parties involved.  To that end Scottish Land & Estates has been invited to be a member of the Alliance’s working group and we attended our first meeting with the group earlier this week. The meeting focused on discussing the draft action, identifying priority actions, funding needs and delivery partners. The plan is in its early stages of development and discussion and input into this remain ongoing. 

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