Crannich translates to 'place of trees' in Gaelic and was once historically covered in native woodland. When we first moved here, there was only one tree at Crannich - an old ash tree which still stands today! Since then, it has been our ambition to restore the land to what it once was and reinstate Crannich's meaning. Every year we plant between 600 and 2000 trees by hand as well as with our bespoke tree planter. Species include Sessile oak, Silver birch, Alder, Sycamore, Field maple, Horse chestnut, Sweet chestnut, Noble and Nordmann fir, Lodgepole pine, Sitka spruce, Aspen, Walnut, Robusta poplar, Ghoy hybrid poplar, Goat willow and various hybrid willows for nursing. Shrubs include Dog-rose, Dogwood and Hazel to name a few. Some of the areas planted which you will see today are the landscaped areas around the campsite, caravan site and farm buildings. We have a passion for tree planting, landscaping and continually improving our surroundings and we are proud of what we have created here so far. Our plans for the future are to plant approximately 14 hectares of land with native broadleaves such as Birch, Oak and Hazel, including an area on the farm named 'Torr Darrach' which translates to Oak ridge.
In August 2020 we co-hosted an online event with the Woodland Trust and Soil Association named 'Making woodland work for you: Creation, management and funding on Scotland’s west coast'. This comprised of a short film of Crannich’s tree planting journey, regeneration and landscaping over the years. Please see the link to our video here: https://youtu.be/bOBeCnktOY4
During the online event we discussed our experience of creating native woodland and landscaped areas on our farm to improve biodiversity and do our bit for the planet. There was also a Q&A session at the end. Please follow the link to watch the event: https://youtu.be/MXstVKXz2hk
Some of the wild flowers found at Crannich
There is an abundance of wildlife around Crannich ranging from rare birds of prey, to beautiful butterflies and red deer from the forests nearby. For birdwatching enthusiasts, the farm is in an ideal location to spot many species of birds such as the renowned White-tailed eagle, Golden eagle, Hen harrier, Sparrow-hawk, Barn owl, Curlew, Cuckoo, Sand martin, Linnet, Whitethroat, Pied flycatcher and Siskin to name a few. Crannich is within the territory of the famous pair of White-tailed sea eagles named 'Skye and Frisa', featured on the BBC 'Springwatch' and 'Autumnwatch' series in the past.
There are also a variety of butterflies and moths seen at Crannich notably the Dark green fritillary and the Small pearl-bordered fritillary amongst others.
All photographs & videos supplied courtesy of and copyright Samantha Sedgwick,
Daisy Sedgwick, Richard Clutterbuck, Chris Webb & Ross Barr