Glen Clova Contour Tree Planting Initiative

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Rottal Estate is located in Glen Clova, the largest of the Angus Glens. The estate is approximately 8,000 acres and ranges from 800 to nearly 3,000 ft above sea level.

Rottal is privately owned and run in a traditional way with all the shooting, fishing, stalking and farming in-hand. The owners live on the estate and are actively involved in running it on a day to day basis.

Rottal Estate are involved with a contour tree planting initiative in collaboration with the Esks Rivers and Fisheries Trust, the Esks Fishery Board, Angus council, South Esk Catchment Partnership, Scottish Government, Scottish Forestry, The Woodland Trust and Forest Carbon.

Approximately 200 acres have been planted along four miles of the eastern contour of Glen Clova. The trees will act as flood mitigation, carbon capture, amenity benefit, biomass and timber production, increased biodiversity and improved grazing for livestock. Around £300,000 has been invested in the project, most of which has been funded by the abovementioned organisations. Tilhill Forestry are the main contractors.

Responsible woodland management across the River South Esk catchment is important for improving natural flood management, controlling diffuse pollution, and improving the local landscape and habitats. The involvement of the Estate in this project has been crucial to its success.