Flying over Lochan Burn

A unique view of where we are working, photography by Liz Hanson

Aerial imagery gives a good logistical overview of a project of this scale.

Images like this give the idea of a blank canvas when it comes to designing woodland; there are no existing trees and no boundaries other than altitude, water courses and rock formations.

We use physical features on the ground to form the structure of the woodland we are planting. The species of tree that we plant is determined by factors such as soil type, altitude, drainage etc. These factors are normally reflected in the existing vegetation cover and generally we use this as a guide as to what species to plant at any given spot or more generally the woodland type that will cover an area.

In some cases there are a wide variety of ground types and therefore resulting woodland types in any given area. It is conceivable to take a photograph of that area and draw/annotate on the boundaries between ground types simply by the identifying the vegetation present. From this an image of where the differing woodland types are to be planted can be produced, in some ways this would be like painting by numbers.

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Wonderful Views of the Corehead Project

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