WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT PROTECTING OUR PRECIOUS LANDSCAPE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Craigengillan lies within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. This outstandingly beautiful landscape is home to a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna. We feel privileged to call this place home. And we believe it is our duty to protect it for generations to come.
- Three miles of drystone dykes have been meticulously repaired using a system developed by the McAdams In the 18th century.
- Over 18 miles of new footpaths have been created and are now walked by over 45,000 people each year.
- We’ve planted over 17 miles of new hedgerows, providing shelter for lambs, nesting for birds and linking parts of the landscape together following natural contours. The hedges act as wildlife corridors between woodland, wetland, hill pasture and species rich meadows.
- We created a new loch below Craigengillan House in 2001. Two lochs have also been dug out on either side of the approach, and another next to the footpath below Dalcairnie Falls.
- By planting over 1 million native hardwoods, native wildlife has returned. We’ve felled some of the spruce plantations and replanted with more historically accurate species, including Wellingtonia, horse chestnut, Atlantic and other cedars, noble and grand firs, oak, beech and lime.
- Craigengillan was selected as one of 60 sites in Britain to plant a Diamond Wood of at least 60 acres to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012. A further 220 acres of broadleaved trees have been planted on Auchenroy Hill. Another 315 acres is planned for Corwaur and Shalloch Hills in 2015. They will be dedicated to the Woodlands Trust project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The woods are carefully designed to enhance the landscape and bring back the mosaic of woodland moor and hill pasture that would have existed up to medieval times.
In 2007, Craigengillan won The Georgian Group Award for: Restoration of a Georgian Garden or Landscape.
In 2014, Craigengillan was the winner of Scotland’s Finest Woods Award for the new native woodlands created here during the last 15 years. Trees help reduce the impact of climate change by sequestering carbon as they grow. The woods are registered under the Woodland Carbon Code and we welcome individuals or organizations interested in purchasing credits and becoming involved.
We have worked informally and to great effect with the local community and schools and the task we have set ourselves has the definite sense of a shared project.
The best way to bring about long-term care for the environment is through education and by encouraging the active involvement of young people in conservation projects, art in nature and creative writing. If you can instil a sense of wonder and appreciation, care and a sense of stewardship follow naturally.
CRAIGENGILLAN AND THE UNESCO BIOSPHERE
Designation of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been an extremely exciting development that promises to unite all the strands of regeneration and create a new sustainable future. The designation is hugely prestigious. It is the first of its kind in Scotland and puts us in the company of Yellowstone Park, Ayers Rock, the Niagara Falls and parts of the Amazon Rainforest.
The fundamental ethos of biospheres is the natural benefit to man and nature that comes from us caring for our natural world and wild landscapes. This creates the sure foundation for sustainable development. We have followed this principle and found that it works.
“WHEN WE TRY TO PICK OUT ANYTHING BY ITSELF, WE FIND IT HITCHED TO EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE”