Cairngorms Wild Plants project
Building on the work of the Cairngorms Rare Plants Project, our new Cairngorms Wild Plants Project - covering both arctic-alpine flora and Caledonian pinewood – aims to secure the future of these habitats.
- Provide advice, and demonstrate plant conservation management techniques, to 80 land managers covering at least 65,000 hectares.
- Develop a new network of volunteers to regularly monitor sites where rare and threatened plants grow, enabling any changes in management to be made.
- Train mountain leaders, park rangers and volunteer ambassadors to develop their knowledge of mountain flora, environments and folklore so they in turn can enthuse visitors.
- Provide a range of plant identification keys and self-led walk guides so people can discover the wild plants of the Cairngorms.
Where are we working?
The largest area of ground over 900 metres in the UK, the Cairngorms plateau is home to some exceptional arctic-alpine plants. We're working hard to save them.
As well as the Scots pine, birches, rowan and juniper, ancient Caledonian pinewoods are home to some of Scotland’s rarest wildflowers.
How's it going?
- Funding is secured from LEADER
- Project launches - meet the project leader, Gwenda Diack
- Flora Guardians recruited to keep an eye on the health of the wild plants in designated areas, share their findings with the land manager and share their passion for plants with the public - Alison Cram, a Flora Guardian shares why she became involved.
- The first of a series of training events funded by LEADER, sharing knowledge and skills, takes place at Glenshee.
- A project milestone update
- End of year review of what's been achieved in 2017
Who are we working with?
- LEADER (funder)
- Cairngorms National Park Authority (funder)
- Scottish Natural Heritage (funder)
- Glenmore Lodge
- Mountain Training Association
- Glen Tanar Estate
This project is being part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community (Cairngorms Local Action Group) LEADER 2014-2020 programme.