Root and Branch

Writer and rewilding campaigner, Gordon Eaglesham, explores the astonishing natural history of the magical oak tree. First published in the November issue of Think Like A Mountain. For more information see Scotland: The Big Picture Few species demonstrate the inter-connectedness of nature better than the oak. A single tree can create and support an entire …

Trees with Altitude

Tom Bowser, Head Ranger of Argaty Red Kites, explores the value of montane woodland and discovers an exciting new restoration plan to return small trees to the mountain environment. “Trees don’t grow at altitudes of over 500 metres.” It’s a comment that we frequently hear. Have we become so used to barren hillsides, devoid of …

Rewilding is essential to the UK’s commitments on climate change

By Mark Maslin, Professor of Earth System Science, UCL, writing for the online publication The Conversation on 30th November. Humans have cut down half the trees on Earth since the dawn of agriculture – over 3 trillion of them. This huge loss holds the potential for massive reforestation today, which would protect local environments from …

On the hunt for some of the rarest trees in the world

Originally published in the Guardian’s Country Diary on August 6th, by Carey Davis. (Featured picture is of an Arran whitebeam in Glen Catacol). The Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde: These self-cloned Sorbus species are unique not only to Arran but to two particular glens. Glen Catacol is hot, humid, slightly overcast, and nothing stirs …