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We are proud that our Company pays no dividends or annual bonuses to any investors/owners. Instead, the profits that the company makes is used to purchase, develop and maintain the Highland Titles Nature Reserve at Keil Hill, Lochaber. Now that the land has been paid for, the main expenses are tree planting, access improvement, and looking forward; further land acquisition.
Every year, with the help of volunteers, the company plants literally thousands of native Scottish broadleaves in the area surrounding the plots for sale. Please click here for further information and dates. Equally important is the removal of invasive and non-native species such as Rhododendron ponticum and Sitka spruce. The destruction of our native forests, which at one time covered most of Scotland, has taken place over the last thousand years, and native woodland cover is now only about 1% of Scotland. We see it as imperative that we conserve the biodiverse forest that remains, that we replace some of the trees that have been lost, for the sake of wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and the enjoyment of future generations. We also plant trees that customers have sponsored through our website.
We spend money every year on the upkeep of the land, on new fences, signposts, footpaths and maintenance of the car parking area. In addition to this we strive to make Glencoe Wood and the Highland Titles Nature Reserve accessible for all by restoring existing tracks and creating new footpaths and bridleways. We now have a fantastic route that is clearly signposted, takes in many natural beauty spots, and allows visitors to the land to explore further afield. The track will also allow disabled and elderly visitors the opportunity to see more than they otherwise could. We hope to add to the network of tracks in the future.
The reason that we purchased the current land is that it was on the edge of Duror village, overlooking Loch Linnhe, close to amenities…. In other words we were concerned that it may one day become developed. By acquiring this land and selling it in small plots to literally hundreds of different people we can ensure that it can never be purchased by a building company and become just another housing estate. We are constantly saving all the profit from the land sales in order to “rescue” another similar woodland one day.