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Longing for a lost forest

Posted on by Pablo Hoffmann

Pablo Hoffmann, Executive Director of Fauna & Flora International’s partner Sociedade Chauá, shares his hopes and fears for the future of Brazil’s Araucaria forest. Today I woke up with a strong sense of what can only be described as ‘saudade’: “a longing for all that I have not seen”. I miss the great forest that…

Red lists, Whitebeams and Green ambitions

Posted on by Emily Beech

GTC doesn’t just do practical tree conservation; before we can start protecting, or encouraging our partners to do so, we need to find out which trees need our help. To that end, the whitebeam (Sorbus) experts of Europe recently convened in Zagreb, Croatia to review draft red list assessments produced by the GTC. Over 190…

Save Our Cedar – Working together to save Malawi’s national tree

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

“Do you need a lift?” I don’t know the person driving, but I see the familiar logo of Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust on the car. So, ignoring all parental advice, I say…. “Sure, thanks.” And hop in. I find out my driver, Daniel, set up the first hydropower scheme in Malawi, MEGA, a social enterprise…

What’s eating albert apple: field notes from Central Asia

Posted on by Victoria Price

Spring 2016 Kyrgyzstan’s fruit and nut forest is a pretty spectacular sight. Set against a backdrop of towering toblerone-esque mountains and a clear blue sky, the springtime blossoms of the wild apple and pear trees look dazzlingly beautiful. Until one hits you square in the face as your horse sidesteps a particularly muddy patch. The…

Devastating events in the USA highlight the need for ‘insurance collections’ of the world’s most threatened trees

Posted on by Emily Beech

Last summer, five UK dendrologists embarked on a three-week expedition to the Pacific north-west coast of the USA, travelling 4000 miles, securing seed for tree species’ futures. Representatives from GTC partners the Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury National Pinetum and Oxford University Botanic Gardens Harcourt Arboretum, along with the Forestry Commission’s Westonbirt National Arboretum, visited three states…

Half of the world’s Magnolia are threatened with extinction

Posted on by Lydia Murphy

The latest Red List to be published under the Global Tree Assessment shows that half of all Magnolia species are threatened with extinction in the wild. To find such a high proportion of threatened species in such a well-known and widely cultivated plant family is alarming, and signals the need for more concerted conservation action…

Global Trees Campaign launches a new grant for Masters students

Posted on by Victoria Price

Applications for a Global Trees Campaign student grant are invited from MSc students undertaking research projects focused on the in situ conservation of a threatened tree species. More than 9,600 trees species are threatened with extinction yet very few trees receive attention from applied conservation projects. One of the reasons for this is the low number…

One Tree Love

Posted on by Emily Beech

It is that time of the year again! Once again we celebrate some of the world’s most threatened trees as described by those who love them. This year we have asked project partners as well as Global Tree Specialist Group (GTSG) members to pick their #OneTreeLove. Follow your heart Daudet Andriafidison, Biologist, Conservation & Community…

Ethiopia’s botanic gardens embark on a tree conservation journey

Posted on by Kirsty Shaw

With the aim to secure some of Ethiopia’s rarest trees, botanic gardens and arboreta have begun to build the skills and momentum to reverse tree species declines in the country. GTC training and support is helping pave the way for an action plan to conserve Ethiopia’s threatened trees. Ethiopia is a centre of diversity with…

Celebrating successes of 2015

Posted on by Victoria Price

The year 2015 marked a great year for the Global Trees Campaign (GTC). As we make plans for another exciting year ahead, we thought it would be fitting to reflect upon what we and our partners achieved in 2015 and share our proudest moments with our followers and supporters. Prioritising species of greatest conservation concern…

The Twelve Trees of Christmas

Posted on by Emily Beech

At this time of year people all over the world bring Christmas trees into their homes to welcome in the festive spirit. But did you know that 34% of conifers are at risk of becoming extinct in their natural environment due to things such as habitat loss? Over the next 12 days, the Global Trees…

Going on a birch hunt

Posted on by Lydia Murphy

Until recently, Betula megrelica – a birch species endemic to the Caucasus – was only known to grow on two mountains in north-west Georgia. But the discovery of a new population this autumn by a team of Georgian and UK botanists has raised hopes for the future of this Endangered tree species. Betula megrelica trees are true…