Rullion Green Wood
Rullion Green Wood is a 26-hectare site, next to Flotterstone, in the Pentland Hills Regional Park that is owned by the University of Edinburgh. We want to enhance biodiversity on the site by creating woodlands and improving habitats for plants and animals.
This project will provide a range of opportunities for local communities, students and researchers whilst mitigating some of the University’s carbon emissions.
Review the plans
Online public consultation: share your views
Everyone is welcome to view our plans and respond to our consultation survey.
Having previously been used for grazing, we will be planting diverse trees and restoring habitats at the Rullion Green Wood site.
We are in the process of producing a comprehensive proposal, which will outline and direct our work on this site, and would like to consult you on our plans. The proposal encompasses:
- woodland creation
- enhancing local biodiversity
- engaging with local communities surrounding the site and internally within the University of Edinburgh.
We invite you to review these plans and take part in the public consultation survey, open from Monday 15 January to Sunday 25 February 2024.
We would like to hear what young people think about this project too. If you are of school age (primary or secondary), please have a read of the Project Overview Booklet and share your thoughts using the link below.
Safe and enhanced access
Woodland creation at Rullion Green will enhance the well-used access point into the Pentlands from Flotterstone. Access to and from the site will be maintained for the wide range of users that enjoy the area.
Our current plans will see popular picnic spots within the site maintained, and there will be opportunities to host activities and events in a community woodland.
Woodland creation will help establish safe public access, as there will no longer be livestock and grazing within the Rullion Green Wood site.
The site covers a small portion of the historic battleground of The Battle of Rullion Green (1666) - the only significant battle of the Pentland Rising, a brief revolt by Covenanter dissidents against the Scottish government.
We will provide onsite interpretation to highlight interesting information on the historic event and encourage access to the Martyr’s Monument – an important historic site.
Part of the eastern area of the Rullion Green Wood site will be used to create a community woodland. We want the site to be accessed by a variety of people and groups for outdoor educational experiences.
These opportunities will be coordinated by our Community Ranger, Julie. Please complete the consultation survey (open from Monday 15 January to Sunday 25 February 2024) to suggest events and opportunities you would like to see in this space.
Summer / Autumn 2023
Survey and analyse the site.
Begin to plan and continue surveys on site including social, archaeological and conservation aims
Early community engagement
We will update our website with our plans for the site, including nature surveys and maps
Public consultation event will take place for users of the site to hear more about the plans
Formal consultation with the local community and other statutory stakeholders on the draft woodland creation proposal will take place between Monday 15 January – Sunday 25 February 2024.
Analyse feedback provided through the public consultation
Update the woodland creation proposal following the consultation with communities
Seek approval from Scottish Forestry
As part of the approval process, the Plan will also be placed on Scottish Forestry’s public register for 28 days where the public will have the opportunity to comment again
Woodland creation proposal is formally approved by Scottish Forestry
Following approval, the final Plan and next steps will be shared with communities, on this webpage and via in-person meetings
Late summer/autumn 2024
Operations start on site, including ground preparation and fencing
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.