ALLADALE PINE CUSTODIANS

Test 5 (Custodianship)

Guests and patrons from across the world can now become Custodians of Alladale’s ancient pines. Each Custodianship package allows people to connect with the landscape, while supporting the planting of fifty native saplings in our reforestation plan.

Each tree in the Alladale Pine Custodians project has been gifted a Gaelic or Scots name – a descriptive, local term for natural features, born centuries ago. Together, they form an index that articulates a sense of place and belonging in a wild landscape. Custodianship is a way to connect with the past, present and future of Scotland’s landscapes, while directly supporting their restoration.


£88,000.00

YOUR CUSTODIANSHIP


By choosing Custodianship, you will become a Custodian of one ancient Scots Pine tree at Alladale. You will receive a beautiful custodianship pack, containing your unique certificate, a 1/1 edition fine-art print from Adrian Houston, and a signed copy of his book, Portrait of the Tree.


CUSTODIANSHIP PACK 
UNIQUE CERTIFICATE  
1/1 EDITION PRINT
SIGNED BOOK

With your Custodianship, Alladale will plant 50 native saplings in our reforestation plan, allowing you to support the establishment of a new generation of trees.

Send as a gift?

Custodianship makes for a wonderful meaningful gift. Planted saplings will grow and nourish biodiversity over centuries. If you would like to give the gift of Custodianship, simply add the name of the recipient and a short message at the checkout.


LEAVING A LEGACY
OF WOODLAND RESTORATION

Caledonian Pinewoods are some of Scotland’s oldest and richest habitats. More than 11,000 years ago a warming climate caused glaciers to retreat, and a mosaic of trees formed a vast forest across Scotland. However, over the millennia, 95% of these forests have disappeared due to shipbuilding, the industrial revolution, two world wars and livestock rearing. Ancient pine trees are the last vestiges of that lost wilderness, once roamed by wild boar, wolves, lynx and even bears.


There are approximately 1,500 remaining ancient Caledonian pines at Alladale – ‘Granny Pines’ as we call them, some 470 years old. Challenged to regenerate naturally, those seeds that do germinate are uickly browsed by Scotland’s outsized deer population. But through Custodianship, we can reanimate these elders by creating new protected woodlands, and in so doing, enrich our connection with the past, present and future of Scotland’s landscapes.

“As a custodian of an ancestral tree, reawakened through the saplings that you have enabled to take root, that deeper connection with nature – that legacy – can now live on in you.”


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The trees

ABOUT ADRIAN HOUSTON

These trees have been beautifully photographed by Adrian Houston, acclaimed fine-art photographer and author of ‘A Portrait of the Tree’.


“Nature has an intensity so strong it gives you a totally different view on the world. When you witness earth’s natural power, it is sometimes hard to see its underlying fragility. But scratch beneath the surface and it is there.”

ADRIAN HOUSTON

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