This weekend I helped launched a new project at the first Nonstuff Festival at Wiston Lodge.
ReforestNation aims to buy and replace monoculture plantation woodlands with healthy deciduous forests in Southern Scotland – and help build community in the process.
We want our project to be both environmentally and economically sustainable, so we aim to make and sell great products from Sitka woods – such as cabins, saunas and sheds – and use the funding we generate to fund reforestation, creating both healthy wild woods for plants and animals, and woods that benefit humans through woodland education and craft programs, hutting communities, and forest gardens.
We had a great launch, selling woodland crafts, coffee and cake, and creating a collaborative community mural. And we raised enough to buy essential materials to start collecting seeds, so we can start growing our own saplings.
The next stage of the project will be to launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for essential equipment and materials, including a mobile saw mill that we will use to mill sitka trees so that we can use the wood to make a demostration sauna. Stay tuned for more info on the ReforestNation website soon. You can also follow the project on twitter here.