The name Samaire is of gaelic origin, meaning dawning sun; it is a delightful woodland of manageable size, rich in diversity. What was once a Scots pine woodland, previously clear-felled by the forestry commission, is now a perfect and stunning example of natural regeneration. Gone are the rigid formal lines of a planted woodland and in its stead is a far more naturally formed and dynamic wood, shaped by seed spread and in keeping with the topography of the land. Though there are signs of deer browsing, the sheer proliferation of growth has made their impact negligible.
Gorse had proliferated around the boundaries of the wood affording it protection from walkers and allowing it to be a haven for wildlife. Pioneer species of birch proliferate with rowan, willow and the seed bank of Scots pine emerging in clusters. There is an abundance of honeysuckle, broom and all manner of wildflowers that will emerge from spring into summer as well as an abundance of lichen and sphagnum mosses.
The self seeded trees are now at an age when any thinnings will provide a sustainable supply of firewood or alternatively nature can be allowed to continue its journey to see how this special woodland develops.
When circumstances allow, a hardened timber stacking area will be provided at the entrance. Towards the centre of the wood a bench has been installed that will provide a welcome spot to sit and contemplate.
The Moray coast is a hidden gem of Scotland that has so far remained amongst the roads less travelled. From quaint fishing villages such as Portsoy and Findochty to hidden bays dotted along the 50 mile coastal trail this is a fantastic place to have a woodland base.
There are a number of castles to explore such as the ruined Duffus Castle near Dufftown, to the magical Findlater Castle set looking out to sea and a reminder of time gone by, to the more formal gardens of the ‘pearl of the north’, Ballindalloch Castle.
Further up the coast is Elgin, Findhorn, Nairn and Inverness, that boasts great train and plane links, as well as being the closest you will get to urban for quite some distance.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.
There is a growing interest in hut, bothy and temporary shelter building, especially in Scotland; for those interested in erecting a hut or shelter, here is some interesting and very helpful guidance from Reforesting Scotland’s Thousand Hut Campaign. Your Local Planning Authority should also be consulted.