Drumbrae is the first of several sites where we will create woodland and improve open habitats. We are doing this to mitigate our carbon emissions from unavoidable travel while benefitting nature. View maps, check the timeline and find out more.

Vanessa McCorquodale, Community and Student Engagement Manager - Forest and Peatland Team, and Dr Matt Bell, Senior Lecturer and Honours Programme Organiser in Ecology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, explain why the University is restoring nature at Drumbrae. Music by Jack McKenzie. One minute, 36 seconds.

Woodland creation at Drumbrae

The University of Edinburgh has purchased 431 hectares of land at Drumbrae. The land is in the Ochils, near the city of Stirling, north of Bridge of Allan. It sits in the Stirling Local Authority Area.

We'd like to increase biodiversity on the site by creating woodland and improving open habitats.

A new woodland creation proposal has been produced to map out and guide what we will do at Drumbrae. It covers:

  • woodland creation
  • increasing biodiversity
  • engaging with local communities, local to the site and internally at the University of Edinburgh.


Review the plans

The public consultation is now closed. You can still email your views to us, but they will not form part of the official consultation results. Please email

What we're doing in 2022 - 2024

We will review feedback from stakeholder engagement and incorporate this into our woodland creation proposal where possible.

The proposal will then be submitted to the regulator, Scottish Forestry, for approval.

Get in touch

To contact us, please email us using our contact details below. Please state that you wish to speak with the Forest and Peatland team in your message.

General enquiries

  • Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Contact details



Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
The Boilerhouse
High School Yards

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Cover image:  Photo taken by Tom Wade, Airborne Research and Innovation Facility, University of Edinburgh