In 1995 the National Trust for Scotland acquired Mar Lodge Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms. Home to over 5,000 species, this vast expanse of Caledonian woodlands, subarctic mountains, bogs, moors, roaring burns and frozen lochs could be a place where environmental conservation and Highland field sports would exist in harmony. The only problem was that due to centuries of abuse by human hands, the ancient Caledonian pinewoods were dying, and it would take radical measures to save them.
In his book Regeneration: The Rescue of a Wild Land, Andrew Painting lauds the success of the regeneration of the Mar Lodge Estate over the past 25 years. In this video created for our programme of author content during COP26, Andrew shares some remarkable images of this transformation, and describes the efforts taken to ensure its continued success. As Andrew points out, if we help nature to heal, nature will give back tenfold in limiting, and indeed reversing, the impacts of climate change. It is success stories like these that give us hope to believe that genuine change is possible.