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July 2 2020

World-first rewilding visitor centre planned for the Highlands

A Highland estate is to play host to what is being described as the world's first rewilding visitor centre under new plans submitted by Threesixty Architecture.

Led by Trees for Life, a charity dedicated to repopulating native woodlands, the innovative attraction expects to draw around 50,000 visitors to the 10,000-acre Dundreggan estate in Glenmoriston.

Inspired by Gaelic culture and surviving fragments of the Caledonian Forest the architecture mimics tree trunks with an irregular arrangement of collonades of varying diameters below a 'canopy' of sculpted roof lights and lanterns.

Steve Micklewright, Trees for Life’s chief executive, said: “Dundreggan Rewilding Centre will be a place for people from all walks of life to rewild themselves by exploring and enjoying a remarkable wild landscape in a beautiful Highland glen, and to spend time learning about the area’s unique wildlife and inspiring Gaelic history."

£2m has already been committed to the project by organisations such as the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund and European Regional Development Fund but further support will be required before construction can begin in 2021. 

4 Comments

Gillian Fleetwood
#1 Posted by Gillian Fleetwood on 2 Jul 2020 at 15:17 PM
Fantastic! This is so exciting, what a fab concept and building design.
Andy
#2 Posted by Andy on 2 Jul 2020 at 17:27 PM
Looks great, well done 360.
Bill S
#3 Posted by Bill S on 3 Jul 2020 at 10:34 AM
As they said in the 90's; this looks bomb-diggity. Well done all.
Nairn's Bairn
#4 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 3 Jul 2020 at 13:21 PM
All very nice, although it must be said: surely building a large visitors centre to attract thousands of visitors is pretty much the opposite of re-wilding?

I'm guessing that any profits will go towards tree planting and encouraging native species elsewhere, but it first sight it seems an unusual approach. Is it actually not therefore just a visitors centre with spin?

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