Professor Newton wants to save apples!

Prof. Adrian Newton of Bournemouth University has co-authored the Red List of trees of Central Asia that are endangered. This list includes the Niedzwetzky apple Malus niedzwetzkyana.

As apples blossom in the UK, their wild ancestors face extinction

The press release mentions Roger Deakin’s book Wildwood which has such wonderful passages about his visit to the woods in Central Asia.

In other news: I’m off to the Tree Surveying course at the RBGE on Saturday. – my freebie for being on the pilot Certificate of Practical Horticulture last year. I wonder how far I’ll get without being able to identify many species of tree… There is a saving grace because the RBGE are also putting on a drop-in session of how to draw native trees on 27 June.

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