Nine British trees under threat

By Simon Kallow  

Read Clive Anderson’s feature on the decline of Britain’s trees

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is collecting seeds of native British trees to store in its Millennium Seed Bank, a project to gather and preserve examples of British tree flora. The aim is to ensure the survival of the full genetic diversity of the UK’s tree population, an especially important project now that so many pests and diseases threaten Britain’s trees. Here are 10 of the trees that are the highest priority for conservation and which, among others, will have their seeds preserved in the seed bank.

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