At Blue and Green Tomorrow, most of our sustainability discussions have focused on developments in the US and England. However, we have recently read about some major changes taking place in Scotland (still part of the UK but a more remote region that receives less attention), which we felt it necessary to discuss.
Some companies and government organizations in Scotland are making efforts to stop deforestation and other environmental issues. Keep reading to learn more.
Efforts to stop deforestation progress in Scotland
Agriculture has not been kind to the wilderness, and Scotland is a perfect example. Scotland experienced a huge exodus of its own people during the 18th and 19th centuries when forests were cut down for sheep grazing.
Today, the country has one of the largest concentrations of land held by private owners in the world: 67% of rural land is owned by around 0.025% of the population, France24 reported.
This is where Established Titles comes in. It’s one of many companies that have started selling title packs in recent years. They dedicate land to their customers in Scotland as a unique gift idea, granting the recipient the title of “Lord” or “Lady”.
But Established Titles also sees itself as a champion of wilderness restoration, partnering with Trees for the Future and One Tree Planted to help reforestation efforts. So far, the partnership has resulted in the planting of many trees on the 50 acres that make up the Established Titles Nature Preserve.
As they grow, trees will help improve air quality and rejuvenate the environment by providing wildlife with homes, food and protection.
As part of its commitment, the company undertakes to “maintain the whole of the forest free of any other use than the peaceful enjoyment of the land, thus protecting the biodiversity of the flora and fauna of the region. We are further committed to protecting the land from disturbance caused by construction, sports, driving or other similar activities. »
Established Titles also promises to plant a tree for every order. For corporate patrons, it allows them to support the environment while preserving a bit of Scottish history.
Widespread Scottish reforestation efforts
This commitment on the part of Established Titles also reflects a greater effort to tackle climate change through reforestation efforts, particularly in Scotland. As important as the use of renewable energy is in the fight against climate change, the fight against deforestation is also crucial. This will help keep trees around to create oxygen and control CO2 levels.
Many investors are now looking to Scottish land for an effective way to improve carbon capture, Calum MacLeod, political director of the Community Land association, told France24.
Another example would be the Kilfinan Community Forest, which is dedicated to decarbonising as well as improving the wider community. The organization purchases land to use as affordable housing for young families who wish to participate in reforestation efforts.
The initiative has been so successful that it just received a profile in February 2022 in The Guardian, which describes it as “a 1,300-acre oasis on land once lost to industrial forestry, spanning the hill from Tighnabruaich. The village community has purchased and manages the land and reinvests the proceeds into recreational facilities, jobs and affordable housing.
Importance of preservation
The Established Titles plot of land is in Ardallie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, one of many areas in the country that has seen widespread clearing of trees and wilderness in favor of additional farmland.
It has already been recognized for its efforts in the preservation of Scottish forests, receiving the “Best Green Business Award” in Scotland as part of the 9th edition of the Global Brands Magazine Awards.
“Established Titles is a charming brand that takes us back to our roots with its selection of traditional titles from the forests of Scotland,” said Shiv Kumar, CEO of Global Brands magazine, in the press release. “Their strong commitment to customer service excellence and a green business model of planting a tree for every order caught our eye when nominated for this award.”
Balance between nature and civilization
Restoration efforts in Scotland are not just about the environment.
Protecting Scottish land allows the natural environment to co-exist with civilization, but established titles circumvent this problem.
Through their commitment to nature, Established Titles aims to make Ardallie a beautiful natural place among major civilized cities. A big part of their commitment is to keep the land free to visit at all times. It also requires that the land remain free of machinery and construction, and that owners avoid activities that could damage its natural state.
Their Nature Pledge enables those interested to visit Ardallie and explore the vast natural lands and surrounding areas in peace while preserving its nature and wildlife. Ardallie now has the chance to flourish on her own, as she has done since the dawn of time.