Woodland Trust

Urras An Craobh Uibhist a Tuath
(The North Uist Woodland Trust)
Langass is a community woodland managed by Urras an Craobh Uibhist a Tuath. Since forming in 2005 the trust have actively begun to make improvements to Langass so that the woodland can be used as an educational and recreational resource by the local community and visitors to the island. The trust aim to increase the biodiversity of the woodland by planting more species of native broadleaf trees which will attract more species birds, plants and insects to the woodland and make it a more interesting place to visit. A new pathway through the woods was built in 2007 creating better access for visitors to explore Langass. The Trust also hopes to increase visitors knowledge and appreciation of the woodland by providing interpretation on the species which can be seen in Langass, they recently collaborated with Taigh Chearsabhagh and Lionacleit School pupils to create new interpretation boards for Langass.
Background to Langass Woods
The first trees were planted at Langass in 1969 by the Forestry Commission as part of an experimental project monitoring the growth of conifer trees in an exposed costal environment. The main species selected were Canadian and Alaskan varieties of Lodgepole Pine and Sitka Spruce, which were known to grow well in similar costal climates. Two further areas were planted in the 1990’s by the North Uist Estate adjoining the mature section on both sides. In 2002 the Forestry Commission had Completed their research at Langass and no longer had a use for the woodland leading to the formation of Urras an Craobh Uibhist a Tuath who took over the management of Langass Woods and another area of Woodland at Marrival on North Uist in 2005.