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National Tree Week at Little Assynt Tree Nursery


Last week we celebrated National Tree Week at Little Assynt Tree Nursery with the reopening of our Gaelic Alphabet Tree Trail. Pupils from Lochinver Primary School prepared tags with the Gaelic names for each of the trees and the letter they represent in the Gaelic Alphabet. Pupils then took us on a tour of the trail. Well done to all involved! Visitors are always welcome, so come along and have a wander along our new trail!

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An Apple a Day….


Apple loving primary 1 to 4 pupils from Lochinver Primary School visited Little Assynt Tree Nursery to learn about the year in a life of an orchard apple tree. They spent the morning finding out what happens to the trees throughout all the seasons from blossom and pollination, to thinning, harvesting and pruning. Our Fruit growers of the future!

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Mud Glorious Mud!


Little Assynt Tree Nursery played host to a soil fertility course last month, organised with Assynt Learning. Rural Skills Tutor Peter Holmes introduced the 9 participants to the delights of soil. Everyone had the chance to get hands on with soil texturing and measuring pH of their own soil samples. They also learned the importance of soil structure and how to improve and maintain nutrients levels to help increase yields of fruit and vegetables. The course was funded by the […]

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Tree Nursery Summer Open Day


Little Assynt tree nursery hosted a summer open day full of great local crafts, home-baking and of course plenty of trees! It was well attended and we even had some little helpers with rowan berry crushing! The building of bug hotels to house our pollinators over winter was accompanied by live music from our amazing local musicians. 

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Turning Fingers Green!


Local people and visitors to the area interested in developing some basic horticulture skills have been attending taster sessions at Little Assynt tree nursery. So far, fortnightly sessions have introduced participants to making compost, filling cells, transplanting seedlings (known as pricking out) and taking cuttings.  Local participant Katrina Martin said “the training has provided a great opportunity to learn about various aspects of tree seedling management in a friendly, welcoming and fun environment. I’ve really enjoyed learning a wide range of useful […]

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Tree of the Month!


Just in case you missed our tree of the month posts from June, we would like to introduce you to the lovely Wych Elm. Last month we were out collecting seed, found inside their winged fruit before the wind whisked them away!           The once dominant english elm descended from just a few elm trees brought to the UK by the Romans. They reproduced using suckers which resulted in genetically identical populations. This made them susceptible […]

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Green Fingers Training!


Little Assynt Tree Nursery has put together fortnightly taster sessions in basic tree growing skills. Over 8 weeks you will learn a variety of skills including mixing compost, sowing seeds, preparing cells, pricking out, taking cuttings, tree identification and collecting seeds. Starting on Tuesday 5th July, the sessions run from 12-2pm. We can take a maximum of 6 people at a time. If the course proves popular, we are happy to run another day! Booking is essential. Contact Susan at […]

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Rogart Research Team Visit!


Last week pupils from Rogart Primary School visited Little Assynt tree nursery on a research mission! They are starting their own tree nursery and were having a look at how we do things at Little Assynt. The budding horticulturists learned about all the stages in growing trees and got hands on transplanting Juniper and Scots Pine seedlings and taking Aspen cuttings. We explored Culag Wood where the pupils collected Wych Elm seed and looked at the effects of deer on […]

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Primary 7 Go Wild!


Since April, Primary 7 pupils from Lochinver, Stoer, Achiltibuie and Ullapool have been part of an exciting transition project ‘Discovering Wild Places’. It has given the pupils the opportunity to work together to discover, explore and conserve wild spaces, and share their experiences, fulfilling all elements of the Discover level of the John Muir Award, before they head into S1 at Ullapool High School. Pupils have experienced mountain, woodland, and freshwater environments over the last few months…. Back in the […]

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Little Assynt Tree Nursery Visitors


So far, 2016 at Little Assynt Tree Nursery has been a hive of activity. Back in February we were out with volunteers collecting Juniper seeds and Aspen root, the last to be collected before seed sowing. Volunteers have been helping out on a weekly or fortnightly basis, for an hour or two, or all day. Even some visitors to the area come for the day. All help is most gratefully received! We have had visits from preschool, primary and secondary […]

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