There are a number of areas of commercial forestry plantation within The Great Trossachs Forest, mostly containing non-native conifers such as Sitka spruce.

The majority of these are being felled, with the timber put to good use, and non-native conifers are gradually being replaced by native species like birch, rowan, juniper, hazel and alder. However, whilst we wait for the newly planted forest to emerge, pockets of non-native trees will remain, as they currently provide a suitable habitat for wildlife, such as red squirrels.

In new native woodlands, volunteers are helping us to remove regenerating Sitka spruce trees, especially as these trees grow fast and will out compete our native tree seelings for light and space.