The Cree Valley Community Woodlands restoration project covers almost 600 hectares in at least ten identifiable areas of woodland across Dumfries & Galloway.
The Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust (CVCWT) was formed in 1998 with the main aim of developing a Forest Habitat Network (FHN) that has at its core the River Cree, with riparian corridors.
The network includes the majestic Glentrool Oak Woods, the Water of Trool, the Water of Minnoch, the Wood of Cree - the largest ancient wood in southern Scotland - Knockman and Garlies. Each of the woodlands has their own unique, majestic beauty and boast a wealth of wildlife, making for wonderful walking routes.
The CVCWT’s main remit is to enhance biodiversity in rural areas, while also providing the public with access to these spots, particularly if they fall in broadleaf woodlands habitats. Working with the likes of Dumfries and Galloway Council and Forestry Commission Scotland, the registered charity’s aims include restoring and linking fragments of native woodlands, promoting conservation, extending public access by opening new walking routes and enhancing fishery by investigating improvements for the local aquatic habitat.
The organisation first evolved from Forest Environment Panel discussions in 1998, and ever since the CVCWT has been responsible for the management of a mosaic of habitats involving woodland areas. In early 2010, CVCWT started a Local Provenance Tree Nursery to increase biodiversity by growing and introducing new species of plants and trees to the area.
Thanks to the work of the likes of Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust there can be continued optimism about maintaining Scotland’s richly diverse, beautiful rural areas.