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Thousands of trees planted near Loch Ness – Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN) has planted more than 4000 trees over the past few weeks to increase biodiversity


By Neil MacPhail


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Trees planted on the South Loch Ness Trail.
Trees planted on the South Loch Ness Trail.

A group promoting Loch Ness as a global destination has just completed a monster tree planting exercise.

Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN) has planted more than 4000 trees over the past few weeks to increase biodiversity.

The Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) was awarded £8000 from Highland Council’s Nature Restoration Fund and used the money to plant birch and cherry trees along the South Loch Ness Trail.

The project was delivered in partnership with chartered surveyors Bowlts, which assisted with procurement and project management.

Bryony Beck, destination development manager at VILN, said: “If everything goes to plan then we’ll start to see the trees this time next year. They will not only greatly enhance the area along the South Loch Ness Trail, but will also increase biodiversity which is so important.”

Trees planted on the South Loch Ness Trail.
Trees planted on the South Loch Ness Trail.

The tree planting is the latest initiative from VILN which prioritises the environment.

VILN became the first BID in the UK to become carbon neutral.

VILN has also developed a carbon tracker which can be used to monitor the organisation’s carbon footprint on a monthly basis.

The tracker will be a central tool going forward to trigger the implementation of other carbon neutral measures such as using renewable energy in addition to the continued programme of tree planting as the organisation works towards reducing carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

• Find out more by visiting the Visit Inverness Loch Ness website.


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