The Darwin Tree of Life Project

At the start of the millennium, while the first seedlings were being planted at Carrifran Wildwood, another dream was reaching its fulfilment. After years of ground-breaking research, the Human Genome Project provided us with the Homo sapiens genome, the complete DNA code for the human species. Two decades on and these seemingly disparate threads are entwining. The Borders Forest Trust …

Wild Cherries

Wild Cherries: Gean and Bird Cherry (Prunus avium and Prunus padus, Fhioghag in Gaelic) Scotland has two wild cherries, neither of them very well recognised. They are both reasonably common in the Borders, especially in new plantings, although ancient populations of bird cherry hang on in remote cleuchs (deep gullies) showing that it is a true native. The evidence for …