Trees for Life in the Scottish Highlands
At The Lovat Loch Ness, we are carbon conscious and one of the ways we showcase this is through our support for Scottish conservation charity, Trees for Life. For every hotel bedroom booked, we donate 15p to Trees for Life. The charity engages volunteers to plant trees and restore wildlife habitats across the Scottish Highlands, and 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of their work. Trees in the Lovat Loch Ness Corporate Grove are planted at Dundreggan, just a few miles north of Fort Augustus, where a major reforestation programme is underway. All trees planted are native species such as Scots pine, oak, alder, aspen, willow and more.
Speaking about what Trees for Life has achieved so far, it’s executive director, Alan Watson Featherstone:
“Looking back now after 25 years, a huge amount has been accomplished. We’ve planted almost 1.2 million native trees, more than half of them Scots pines, and have facilitated the natural regeneration of several hundred thousand more. As a result, we’ve enabled the establishment of 10,000 acres of new Caledonian Forest!”
The Lovat Loch Ness is proud to support a cause so close to the hotel and also so close to our grounded eco-conscious ethos.
The Lovat also calculates the carbon emissions from each visitor to the Loch Ness area. On arrival, guests are asked where they have come from that day and also what mode of transport they took to get to the hotel. From this information we can loosely calculate carbon emissions that can be balanced by the planting of trees.
Sourcemap is used as an efficient tool to work out the carbon emissions from each traveller. Although not 100% accurate, it is an exciting way to monitor carbon emissions from guests travelling to our beautiful Loch Ness hotel.