We designed a new native woodland for a windfarm in Easter Ross several years ago. The design was informed by the Ecological Site Classification (ESC) model developed by Forest Research (FR). We recently returned to have a look at its progress. The site is now finally beginning to look like a woodland, after some early difficulties with deer browsing impact despite the site being fully deer fenced. It’s such a satisfying feeling having taken a bare site, designed the woodland from first principles and now seeing the trees take hold – the environment will change a lot in the next few years as a result, which is great to see.