In 2020 we planted 400 oaks, scots pine, hawthorne, hazel and birch - our forest ridge had begun!

About Us

A few years ago, a group of us started dreaming about buying a wood to live in, grow things and form a community.

We looked at some awesome places, but realised that to fulfil our plans we'd have to cut down a lot of trees.

So we decided to grow a wood instead on some land we got near Thornhill in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, inviting people to come and be part of our vision for a future forest, a growing community and a place for building something for tomorrow….


In 2021, we planted a further 200 saplings: holly, elder, sycamore, beech, bird cherry, rowan, alder and willow, and a slope of pinewood. All native to the South of Scotland and locally sourced. The forest grows….


The Forest Ridge Project is about more than just trees - important as they are. In 2022 we fenced and area of land for growing vegetables and began our orchard of apple and soft fruit trees. We are also planning to offer camping on a small scale and are developing ideas for arts and education projects, focused on the land and nature.


In 2023 we are expanding to make some new, larger beds and try out other veg such as spinach, broccoli, cucumbers, peas, as well as repeating our successes of last year.


Looking ahead, in 2024 we’ll be planning awesome outdoor  arts projects, courses and participatory activity and starting our camping offer. We’ll be involving more people locally in planning and developing our veg growing towards a fully functioning market garden.

A Commitment to Sustainability

The Forest Ridge Project have joined the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere 'Proud Supporter' Charter.

The Biosphere, spanning Southwest Scotland, is a testament to sustainable living, where like-minded entities collaborate to protect our natural world.

We Pledge to Support the Following Principals:

  • Help to conserve the natural resources of the Biosphere

  • Support the economy to benefit people and nature

  • Promote cultural heritage and local products

  • Contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community

  • Develop knowledge, understanding and promote research

  • Raise awareness of the Galloway and Southern Ayreshire Biosphere