Category Archives: trees

A trip to a wooded rock off the west of Scotland where the herbivores don’t go!

Kate Holl, SNH Woodland Adviser, recently visited a tiny island off the west coast of Scotland. The island has no herbivores such as deer, allowing the plantlife to grow wilder than anywhere else in Scotland! On a perfect summer’s morning … Continue reading

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Observatree: a citizen science project helping to protect Scotland’s trees from new pests and diseases

In this guest blog, Peter Crow, Project Manager for Observatree explains the threat posed to our native trees from new pests and diseases and explains how we can all play a part in helping to protect them. As the Project … Continue reading

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The scunner of another ripped manicure

Pruning away the dead wood of a champion crab apple causes huge amounts of pain and grief to Jim Carruthers, Battleby’s gardener, but every year he, and all of Battleby’s staff and visitors, are rewarded with the most spectacular froth … Continue reading

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Deer Management on the Assynt peninsula

Nationally and internationally important woodlands on northwest Sutherland’s Assynt peninsula are being seriously damaged by high numbers of grazing red deer. Over several years now our attempts to get the key landowners to agree a plan to manage the deer … Continue reading

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