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Scotland’s Ancient Yew Trio

Scotland’s Ancient Yew Trio

The distinctive yew berries, photo by Adél Grőber on Unsplash Like visiting a castle, making a trip to see an ancient tree is a rewarding experience. Scotland is home to some of the oldest oaks and yews in the UK and each and every one of them is a worthwhile sight....

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Scotland’s First Trees

Scotland’s First Trees

Photo by Mila Tovar on Unsplash Our humble Birch, ubiquitous in Scotland's woods, parks and gardens, is of true historical and ecological significance. Since the end of the last Ice Age 11,000 years ago it was the first tree to dominate the landscape, becoming the...

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The Ongoing Fight to Save our Native Elms

The Ongoing Fight to Save our Native Elms

Since the arrival of the Dutch Elm disease at the beginning of 20th century wych elm, considered to be the only truly native elm to the UK, has been at danger of extinction. After the catastrophic outbreak of the disease in the 1970s it is in fact now classified as...

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Ötzi the Iceman’s Tribute to Trees

Ötzi the Iceman’s Tribute to Trees

The 1991 discovery of a mummy who lived between 3350 and 3105 BC revealed fascinating facts about people from what is now Europe over 5000 years ago. The tools and weapons that he was carrying indicate just how important wood was as a material for the survival in the...

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