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We sell the land at Lairds Wood in order to conserve the native woods of Scotland. Although recognised as one of the last great areas of wilderness in the world, Scotland’s unspoilt nature is under serious threat. Over the centuries deforestation has left only about 1% of Scotland’s ancient forests. We wish to address this serious issue and in collaboration with the Scottish Woodland Alliance we contribute to preserving the remaining native woodlands and replanting those that have already been destroyed.
To achieve this, we place woodland into the ownership of many people and use the money we raise from the sales to maintain and improve the land and to acquire more land for this purpose. We plant native broadleaf trees during our annual replanting scheme and keep the woodland in its natural state, allowing the wildlife and flowers to flourish.
Professor Peter Bevis and his daughter Laura, a Biologist and Accountant respectively, conceived the idea in 2005, on their family Estate in the Scottish Highlands. After creating 12 new woods on family owned land, they realised that to really make a difference, they needed to buy land which was more at risk from development. The organisation that they created in 2006 has done just that and we now have supporters and land owners around the world.
Our objectives are to protect ancient and semi-natural woodlands and open-ground habitats, to upgrade non-native conifer plantations to new native broadleaf plantings and to protect these conserved lands from ever being developed. We viewed numerous woodlands and rejected all of them, before we came across the estate that we own now. It is in a magnificent location, with stunning views across Loch Linnhe; easy access from the main Oban to Fort William road and less than a mile from the busy Duror village. We think it is perfect and were afraid a developer just might think so, too!
However, the estate's accessibility does mean that you can visit your plot without any difficulty. You can park and walk down the signed footpath into Lairds Wood; an ecologically rich, ancient oak and birch wood. Lairds Wood is home to a wide range of mammals; badger, pine marten, red deer, roe deer, bank vole, wood mouse, stoat, fox, hedgehog and several species of bat. Other animals and plants are also present in diverse profusion.
Of more practical benefit to the visitor or landowner, there are also many flat grassy clearings which people use to camp on, or to picnic on and the Salachan Burn and Loch Linnhe are great attractions. The view over Ardnamurchan and Loch Linnhe are superb.
The next stage was mapping the plots. James, a chartered surveyor from Mull spent several days walking the wood with his GPS equipment and mapping devices. All of his references and maps are used to create your personalised, legal documentation. When you receive the pack you will see that you have the exact, precise grid reference for your unique plot.
Graphic design and printing was undertaken in Fort William, Lochaber and the legal paperwork inside was drawn up for us by our Scottish solicitor.
We have licensed the paperwork for changing your title from Deed Poll Services to ensure that you receive documentation which is recognised by institutions worldwide, from banks, to driving licence issuers, utility providers and credit card companies.
Once everything was in place, we had to pass a stringent review of the legal and operational sides of the business by HSBC bank and Sagepay, before we could accept your card payments online and over the telephone.
We hope you will support us in this venture and we feel sure that you will be happy with the product. If there is anything extra we can help with please read our FAQ’s (link) or contact us (link). If you are interested in purchasing a larger plot (1/4 acre upwards) of this beautiful estate please visit www.scottishwoodland.com