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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 to Dutch elm disease, causing a drastic decline in elm numbers. Our lovely native wych elm, however, is more genetically diverse. Progress of the disease has been slower in this species and it has been thought that one of the reasons may be due to the fact that wych elm does not sucker. Another may be that the bark beetle that spreads the disease may not favour the bark of wych elm or they may just not thrive in our climate! We are lucky to have a stronghold of wych elm in our isolated woodlands.        

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Tree of the Month!

Just in case you missed any of our Tree of the Month Facebook posts from March, we have put them all together in this blog. Each month we pick one of the native trees we grow at Little Assynt Tree Nursery and tell you a bit about them. We’re big fans of aspen here.  It is one of our most beautiful native trees and that’s why we made it the first of our “Tree of the Month” series for March. Standing tall and elegant in groups in woodland or clinging on to an exposed cliff, aspen can be found in a wide range of locations.  Wherever you find an aspen it will rarely be alone.  They spread through a network of underground roots which throw up suckers over a wide area.  Each new sucker growth has the potential to become a 25m tree stem which is genetically identical to all the others growing from the same root network.  If an old stem dies or blows over, new ones will grow up to replace it.  So although each stem may be

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Visit Little Assynt Tree Nursery on Facebook!

It’s exciting times at the tree nursery! Our trees are being sold and are off to put down roots in their new homes. The beginnings of spring are starting to show and seeds have been sown. Now you can keep track of what is going on at Little Assynt by visiting our new Facebook page, featuring latest news and events. You can also learn about the native trees we grow through our tree of the month posts! Click this link to visit us on facebook!        

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