Just the gist
If you're in a hurry, here's what you need to know this month:
- New land has been acquired, effectively doubling the area in Scotland for regenerative agroforestry practices.
- 2,500 trees were planted in August—a mix of alder and downy birch.
- The piglets featured in the update from two months ago are now old enough to start weaning from their mothers, and some will be introduced to the newly acquired forest.
Hi Wren members! This update is straight from Jade Read, COO of the Regenerative Agroforestry project:
Jade: "Our big news from August is that we have acquired some new land in Scotland, so we now have two sites we are working on. It’s a beautiful 2,000 acre / 800 hectare plot that has a mix of existing forest and areas we need to reforest and restore. This site is four times the size of our first one, bringing our total land holding to just under 2,500 acres / 1,000 hectares. We’re very ambitious so this is a step in the right direction, and will prove that we can scale up our model significantly.
There will be a chance for us to have guests come and stay with us, so stay tuned if you’re interested in eco-tourism.
We’re really excited about it as it’s in a very important spot for wildlife so hopefully we can provide a badly needed habitat for some of the UK’s most iconic native species. There will be a chance for us to have guests come and stay with us, so stay tuned if you’re interested in eco-tourism. We can’t go into huge detail about any of it just yet but we will give a proper update soon!"
"In other news, it’s been about 9 weeks since our piglets were born and they’re not so little anymore! They’ve been enjoying getting to know their home and are mostly sticking closely to their mothers, but getting braver every day. They will naturally wean soon and start exploring what’s good to eat in the forest.
Some of the pigs will be moving to our new plot so we can maintain herds in both locations. They will be very important in helping us prepare the land for tree planting and keeping the resulting forest healthy.
We’ve also planted 2,500 trees this month. We’ve chosen to plant a mix of alder and downy birch as we have some wet areas where these are taking very well."
- Jade Read, COO
That's it for this month's update! Thanks again for your support 🧡