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Two Wester Ross beauty spots are set to be dedicated to the Queen

By Imogen James

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Corrieshalloch Gorge, Wester Ross.
Corrieshalloch Gorge, Wester Ross.

THE National Trust for Scotland has announced that two of its Wester Ross woodlands, Coille Mhòr and Corrieshalloch Gorge, have been chosen to be dedicated to The Queen.

The move comes as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and the sites are two of 70 ancient woodlands included in The Queen's Green Canopy.

The canopy initiative aims to plant new tress across the UK and to celebrate ancient woodlands to mark the occasion of 70 years of the Queen's service.

Inclusion in the canopy list is a symbolic gift.

Corrieshalloch Gorge is a site of special scientific interest.

Falls of Measach from viewing platform.
Falls of Measach from viewing platform.

It has a wide range of tree species and is rich in woodland plants.

Coille Mhòr is an example of a Scottish rainforest and is under threat.

It has ancient oak trees and many species as well as being the perfect habitat for many dragonflies and damselflies.

Coillie Mhor, Balmacara.
Coillie Mhor, Balmacara.

Stuart Brooks, head of conservation and policy at the National Trust for Scotland said: “We are very honoured that these important woodlands have been selected to be part of this celebration. They are a wonderful demonstration of the diversity of woodland habitats that the Trust has in its care.

“Unique in their make up and character, these woodlands have stood for centuries, contributing to Scotland’s biodiversity, absorbing carbon and benefitting us all with their nature, beauty and heritage.

“Our charity is proud to play its part in protecting them now and for the future, and through our regeneration and management work, will ensure that they continue to thrive for many more centuries to come.”

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