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Part 2 of iCONic Tree Trail published

Young and mature monkey puzzles growing at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh  © Felicity Martin

Young and mature monkey puzzles growing at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh © Felicity Martin

The second instalment of the virtual Tree Trail around iCONic sites in Perthshire Big Tree Country was published today.

Plant hunting past and present‘ looks at the historic legacy of Archibald Menzies, David Douglas and others, and explores places such as Scone Palace and Blair Castle where record-breaking specimens of the trees they discovered can be seen today.

By comparison to the hardships and dangers they faced, modern day plant hunting is relatively safe, but not without its alarming moments, as experienced by Tom Christian on expeditions to Bosnia and Chile.

Surprisingly, we discover that some well known conifers, such as the Monkey Puzzle and Cedar of Lebanon, are threatened in their native habitats. And we learn about the remarkable growth form of the Serbian spruce, which has been planted in several places around Perthshire.

You can read or download the iCONic Tree Trail – Part 2 here.