Botanics to plant rare trees in public parks

Princes Street Gardens is set for Serbian spruce trees. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

Princes Street Gardens is set for Serbian spruce trees. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

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RARE and endangered trees are set to be planted in Edinburgh’s public parks, because there is not enough room in the Botanics.

A new initiative to safeguard the future of threatened species from around the world will see the city council team up with experts from the Royal Botanic Garden.

David Jamieson, parks and greenspace manager at the city council, was quoted today saying: “We have almost 150 parks and we hope that we’ll eventually have trees from this project in almost all of them. Initially, we’re going to focus on our gardens at Lauriston Castle, Saughton and Princes Street but we hope to expand to our other parks and maybe even our cemeteries as well.”

It is reported the project will begin this week with the planting of Serbian spruce trees beneath Edinburgh Castle in Princes Street Gardens. Then over the coming years, trees from Europe, the Americas, North Africa and Japan will be planted in Edinburgh parks.

Martin Gardner, the co-ordinator of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) International Conifer Conservation Programme, said: ““We don’t have enough space within the garden to represent all the threatened conifers there are in the world. Forty per cent of conifers are threatened and many of them are found in temperate areas, which means we can grow them here in Edinburgh.”