See all stories
20 Feb 2024

A year in review at Mar Lodge Estate

Written by Allie McAllister
A view of the grand Mar Lodge building with its distinctive red tiled roof. A long gravel drive leads to the entrance across a grass lawn. Pine trees and heather-covered hillside can be seen in the background.
Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve
Mar Lodge Estate National Nature Reserve has published its Annual Review for 2023.

In 2023, Mar Lodge Estate experienced a year of significant activity as Britain’s largest National Nature Reserve. The estate, under the management of the Trust since 1995, is widely acknowledged as one of the most vital nature conservation landscapes in the British Isles.

The dedicated team at Mar Lodge Estate, which includes staff from the hospitality, functions, estate, stalking, ranger and ecology departments, successfully collaborated to achieve commendable progress on several key initiatives in the previous year.

Throughout 2023, the focus was on maintaining the estate’s buildings and grounds, restoring ecological processes, ensuring open access and sustaining Highland sporting activities. This ongoing commitment in preserving the estate’s natural beauty requires dedication and collaboration across all teams to ensure the successful upkeep of Mar Lodge and its surrounding environment.

Pinewood sapling in the foreground, surrounded by peatland.
The Glen Geldie Restoration project has seen 385 hectares of peatland restored to date.

Achievements in 2023 include the advancement of the Glen Geldie Restoration project and the ongoing restoration of the estate’s Caledonian pinewood. Work on these projects has resulted in the restoration of 385 acres of peatland and 2,000 hectares of woodland, marking substantial progress in the Trust’s largest ongoing restoration projects. Additionally, the team is making strides in helping the Trust achieve its goal of becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2031, with accomplishments such as the planting of 1km of hedgerows, reduction of their diesel fleet, and the ongoing task of reverting 1.6 hectares of lawns to a wildflower meadow.

To learn more about these achievements and the ongoing work on the estate, you can read the estate’s recently published Annual Review.


Find out more about what the team at Mar Lodge has achieved in 2023.