2021 Christmas Charity, The Woodland Trust

Our 2021 Christmas Charity is ‘The Woodland Trust, Couldoran Appeal’.

In 2019 Woodland Trust Scotland bought a mountain, Ben Shieldaig near to Applecross in the West Highlands, to protect and restore the last fragments of temperate Atlantic rainforest clinging on there. Now unexpectedly Couldoran, the 4,500 estate next door, has come on the market and the Woodland Trust has first option. Together the two lands would be 8,300 acres.

Couldoran is pretty bleak at the moment, but with gentle encouragement the tiny remaining Caledonian pine forest could re-establish across these glens. The Woodland Trust also plans to establish a few paths. Although most of the estate will be left to nature, perhaps red squirrels, golden eagles and pine martens, there will be room for humans to enjoy it too.

The most precious gift we can hand on to children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews is a healthy planet. A moderate climate, good rainfall, fertile land supported by throbbing, buzzing, squawking, photosynthesising, respiring ecosystems must surely be the most precious gift.

If you want to see nature flourish in Scotland and set an example to the rest of the world, please enable St Peter’s to help the Woodland Trust take this piece of land into safekeeping.

A retiring collection is being held after all our Advent and Christmas Services.

Donations can be put in the ‘Woodland Trust Charity Box’ at the back of church.

If gifting using a white Gift Aid envelope, please write on the envelope the value of the donation, and ‘Christmas Charity’.

One can also give to St Peter’s Online through our Give.net page https://www.give.net/stpetersedinburgh

A longer version of this article, written by Laura Bird, can be found on pages 10 & 11 of the December/January edition of News & Views. This edition will be online very soon!