Glenorchy Farm is situated in a small glen which according to Jim Crumleys book 'The Great Wood' was the centre of the old Caledonian Forest. Over time the glen has been inundated with Forestry Sitka/Larch plantations. There are still small pockets of the old wood evident within the glen. The aim is to help bring back some of the old Caledonian Forest into Glen Orchy. 30 hectares of land has been set aside to plant a mixture of Downy Birch, Alder, Sessile Oak, Scots Pine, Aspen, Rowan, Hazel, Willow, Grey Sallow, Hawthorn and Holly.
We are hoping to improve the biodiversity within the glen and create more habitat links for the existing fauna including Red Squirrel, Pine Marten, Badger, Otter and Golden Eagles. The new native woodland will also act as a screening to the Sitka forests located behind the woodland. The woodland creation will fit in with the Argyll and Bute Woodland and Forestry Strategy's aims for net woodland expansion to contribute to carbon sequestration and support the restoration of semi-natural woodland habitats. The management intention is to encourage trees to maturity, with them largely self thinning (the strongest growers will suppress the youngest) with minimal intervention.