First up, Loubcroy Estate near Lairg in Sutherland is for sale. Lot 1 is 7,500 acres of barren looking hill side with a mere 3.9 acres of trees, and no buildings, for £750,000. See details including map by following the link below.
http://www.knightfrank.co.uk/properties ... /edn160111
There is more fertile/lower lying land for sale separately, with a couple of cottages, but this increases the cost considerably - the hillside grazing works out at a little over £100 per acre, whereas the lower lying ground is much more expensive. Assuming that an access track can be put in, and a cabin(s) constructed to house reforesting volunteers and workers, then the higher land could work.
To be clear, the intention would be to create diverse native woodland, not commercial forestry. It would be a project on an inspiring scale, but thoroughly daunting! I'd appreciate thoughts on how best to reforest such a large area; what possible sources of funding might there be; and what help and support could someone realistically expect if they were embarking on such a project.
I am in earnest, and would appreciate any thoughts, feedback, suggestions of alternative sites, etc.
p.s. I've tried to submit this post twice already, here's hoping it works this time.
I'd love to visit the and see what has transpired (pun intended) in a few years time.
Good Luck in moving things forward towards the realisation of your dream.
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