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We are proud to be a Limited Company that has never paid any dividends or annual bonuses to any investors/owners. Instead, any profit that the company makes is used for three main purposes; tree planting, land maintenance & improvement and land acquisition. We are also Corporate sponsors of the Scottish Woodland Alliance.
Every year the company plants literally thousands of native Scottish broadleaves both in the area surrounding the plots for sale and on other scottish land we are conserving. The destruction of our native forests, which at one time covered most of Scotland, has taken place over the last thousand years, and native woodland cover is now only about 1% of Scotland. We see it as imperative that we conserve the biodiverse forest that remains, that we replace some of the trees that have been lost, for the sake of wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and the enjoyment of future generations. We also plant trees that customers have sponsored through our website.
Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum, see photo to right) is a non-native invasive shrub that has spread rapidly through woodlands and out into open moorland. It already covers around 4,400 hectares in mainland Argyll alone and is present across Scotland. We have taken steps to remove it from in and around Lairds Wood.
We spend money every year on the upkeep of the land, on new fences, signposts, footpaths and maintenance of the car parking area. In addition to this we strive to make Lairds Wood accessible for all by restoring existing tracks and creating new footpaths and bridleways. We now have a fantastic route that is clearly signposted, takes in many natural beauty spots, and allows visitors to the land to explore further afield. The track allows disabled and elderly visitors the opportunity to see more than they otherwise could. We hope to add to the network of tracks in the future.
The reason that we purchased the current land is that it was on the edge of Duror village, overlooking Loch Linnhe, close to amenities. It was until recently part of Keil Farm and a previous generation farmed the surrounding land. In other words we were concerned that it may one day become developed. By acquiring this land and selling it in small plots to literally hundreds of different people we can ensure that it can never be purchased by a building company and become just another housing estate. We are constantly saving all the profit from the land sales in order to “rescue” another similar woodland one day.