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Hebridean Tree Ark Project


The Hebridean Tree Ark is a project funded by Horshader Community Development and is located in North Shawbost.


The Hebridean Tree Ark specialises in native, indigenous trees and is committed to contributing to the reverse of the rapidly declining and endangered Hebridean native woodlands which exist in tiny remnants sparsely scattered across the Western Isles. Our focus is a conservation project - collecting seed from remnant woodlands and producing trees for the Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission grant schemes in the Western Isles, as well as individuals, crofters and communities wanting to grow small woodlands and shelter belts using trees of local provenance. In some instances, only 5 individual trees remain of what was once a substantial woodland. These individual trees are thought to have genetics specific to Lewis and Harris and our aim is to increase and preserve this genetic stock. Our project aims to increase the production of trees currently produced to meet increased demand and contribute to increasing the stock of endangered trees.


Trees for the following planting season (Nov-April 23/24) can be ordered in advance:


Contact: or phone 01851 701225 for more information.


You can also apply through the Woodland Trust for a MOREwoods grant. 


Visiting the Hebridean Tree Ark is by appointment only.


Best wishes,

Laura McEwan

Tree Ark Co-ordinator


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