In Scotland a novel project is safeguarding some of the world’s biodiversity in the face of climate change, habitat destruction and other human pressures.
The iCONic project (Internationally threatened CONIFERS In our Care) is a partnership between the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Perthshire Big Tree Country to provide safe havens for species of conifers threatened with extinction in their native countries.
A series of six features about the project by Felicity Martin will be published here monthly from March 2014, and will be available as an ebook in September.
iCONic tree trail – Part 1 provides an introduction to the project.
iCONic tree trail – Part 2 explores plant hunting past and present.
iCONic tree trail – Part 3 looks at conserving designed landscapes.
iCONic tree trail – Part 4 discovers how threatened trees are propagated.
iCONic tree trail – Part 5 examines the choice of planting sites and care of trees.
iCONic tree trail – Part 6 looks at what the future holds for the iCONic project.
iCONic tree trail – ebook contains all six articles in this series; it is free to download.