Protecting Scottish trees and herbs for the future at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

Protecting Scottish trees and herbs for the future at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank

This year RBGE staff and volunteers have collected seeds from 14 trees and 29 conservation priority herbs, to help deliver Scottish species into the UK National Tree Seed Project and the UK Flora Project. Both projects aim to protect British plants and are coordinated across the UK nations by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Millennium […]

PROTREE: Computer games and tree health

PROTREE: Computer games and tree health

Tackling the tree health problems caused by an ever expanding number of new pests and diseases is not just a matter of being vigilant and responding to outbreaks. Just as vital is the aim of building resilience into our forested landscapes. It is this second approach that has provided the focus of work by RBGE […]

Gardens are good for you

Gardens are good for you

Images from Nacadia, a therapy garden at Horsholm Arboretum, Denmark   Gardening is good for you, and it is now official. The use gardening in the treatment of psychiatric patients goes back to the nineteenth century and Thrive and its Scottish Offshoot Trellis have been focusing on horticultural therapy for nearly 40 years. Now a […]

Botanical gold: frankincense and myrrh

Botanical gold: frankincense and myrrh

Frankincense and myrrh have an almost mystical place in our psyche at this time of year and both can be best be descibed, if unflatteringly, as non-timber forest products. While frankincense and myrrh are strongly associated with the story of Jesus both have long been revered from Ancient Greece and Egypt, used in the Jewish, […]