The Great Trossachs Forest project was launched in 2009 by the Scottish Forest Alliance. Global energy company BP invested £10m in native woodland restoration at 14 sites across Scotland since 2000 through this Alliance.
Loch Katrine is Glasgow’s main water supply, providing 70% of the water used by Glasgow’s inhabitants. The supply became contaminated by a bacterium potentially carried and subsequently excreted by sheep which were grazing on the Loch shores in 2002. After that farming was stopped, and Forestry Commission Scotland began managing the land for biodiversity and conservation purposes.
The members of the Alliance, who own adjoining sites across the area, saw a chance to work together at a landscape scale for the first time. The landholdings of Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB Scotland and Woodland Trust Scotland together make up The Great Trossachs Forest.