RIVERWOODS: AN UNTOLD STORY
A HIDDEN TRUTH
The health of our rivers and the life within them, is directly dependent on the landscapes through which they flow.
Riverwoods is a story that reveals a devastating truth lying hidden in the majestic mountains and glens of a nation. It’s a story about a landscape in urgent need of recovery.
Many of Scotland’s river catchments lie bare. The web of life that once prospered across countless miles has been burned, drained, felled and persecuted. The eternal ecological relationships that bind the soil, store carbon and slow water run-off, are broken. But today, an idea is taking hold.
AN UNTOLD STORY
There are salmon in the forest. Not only in the rivers but also in the trees. And in the soil that spawns the trees. And in the predators, scavengers and even herbivores that live amongst the trees. The Atlantic salmon, the King of Fish, is not only the ultimate angler’s prize, but also a key building block in a vibrant forest ecosystem and all it supports.
But in return, salmon need the support of a rich and diverse landscape that stretches far beyond the water’s edge. Over many centuries the loss of Scotland’s natural woodlands and complex vegetation communities has profoundly changed its rivers and their ability to support the plentiful salmon runs that once flourished.
REWRITING THE STORY
We’ve brought together a group of expert scientists with a top-class team of filmmakers to tell a compelling story that reveals the inextricable relationship between salmon and trees and countless living organisms that create the dynamic natural processes on which Scotland’s rivers depend. Crucially, we tell the story of how that fractured connection is gradually being repaired through the foresight and positive actions of many different people.
The salmon needs the forest. The forest needs the salmon. And Scotland needs them both.
Riverwoods: The film
Part of a wider multimedia campaign to present a vision for river catchment restoration across Scotland, the Riverwoods film is a spectacular visual journey, interspersed with fascinating key interviews, showing how the life-rich rivers of Scotland have been greatly diminished, and how they could be reborn. The return of ospreys, sea eagles and beavers are symbolic of fresh thinking and offer a glimpse into what else might be possible. Now more than ever, Scotland’s salmon and the rivers they depend upon need fresh thinking.
Scheduled launch date: September 2021
Riverwoods: The music
In partnership with Salt House, one of Scotland’s most exciting folk bands, the Riverwoods film will be accompanied by a unique collection of songs to be performed live alongside film screenings, as well as being available on CD.
You can help us campaign for the health of Scotland’s rivers, the life within them and the landscapes through which they flow.
Let’s rewrite the story of Scotland’s rivers. Together.