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Ancient Shetland trees brought back to life; HORTICULTURE.

Growing quietly in a horticultural unit in Lerwick, a relict of Shetland's ancient woodlands is springing to life once more.

The woodlands team at the Shetland Amenity Trust have successfully cloned and pollinated the last native hazel tree in Shetland - and it has produced its first hazelnut.

Shetland is usually considered to be a treeless group of islands but it is believed that over 5,000 years ago much of Shetland was covered in trees and scrub.

Until recently there were two native hazel trees growing in Shetland, one in a ravine at Catfirth and the other on an island holm at Punds Water.

These hazel trees were the last remaining survivors of their kind from Shetland's ancient native woodlands.

The tree at Punds Water is now gone but the tree at Catfirth remains. The team have successfully cloned the Catfirth tree through a process called 'layering'.

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RESURRECTED: The woodlands team have managed to successfully clone and pollinate the last native hazel tree in Shetland

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jun 26, 2019
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