International conservation

 

The National Tree Collections of Scotland are supporting international tree conservation, and seeds collected in native forests around the world will be planted on National Tree Collections sites.

In developing the National Tree Collections of Scotland initiative, we have worked with a number of related projects and organisations, including:

 

The International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP) Established in 1991 and based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the ICCP combines taxonomic, conservation, genetic and horticultural research with international capacity building for conifer conservation. It has established a network of over 100 ‘safe-sites’ throughout the UK and Ireland which act as repositories for ex-situ collections of threatened conifers.

 

The iCONic project (Internationally threatened CONifers In our Care) is a collaboration between the ICCP and the Perthshire Big Tree Country initiative, and aims to help save some of the world’s rarest and most remarkable trees by creating safe-havens for them among the tree collections of Perthshire Big Tree Country, and in so doing contribute to ICCP’s ongoing research.

 

The Bedgebury Conifer Conservation Project has worked closely with ICCP for several years, and both organisations have benefited from collaborative projects and benefit sharing.

 

The Forestry Commission National Arboretum at Westonbirt

Collecting seeds from Picea omorika populations in Bosnia

Collecting seeds from Picea omorika populations in Bosnia

 

The threatened Chilean conifer Prumnopitys andina

The threatened Chilean conifer Prumnopitys andina growing on at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh