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Tree Trail Introduction - History Trail

All the trees (and their positioning) on this tree trail have been discussed with arboreal specialists

A little more about why this tree was chosen


The birch (Betula) family embraces  a large group of sub-species - but all share a common feature; they like cold and damp places and this explains why they were one of the first trees to colonise the landscape after the retreat of the ice sheets.  The Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis) of our Tree Trail is native to Nepal and the western Himalayas and is similar to our own native ‘Silver Birch’  (Betula pendula) in that it has the familiar silver-white bark (often peeling), although not all birch varieties share that characteristic. ‘Downy birch’ is also very common in Northern Britain and is also found throughout much of Europe and in northern Asia. It is one of the very few native trees in Iceland.

Specific mutations in the genetic make-up of the tree have made the birch exceptionally good at adapting to different environments ; for instance a tree in Finland may not survive if you plant it in Siberia because of the trees ability to local adaptations — specific genetic mutations — that help them survive where they are found.

Sadly, with global climatic changes the Betula family is now on the threatened species list as the  habitats to which the tree is suited decline.

arctic-birch-bark-snow-qieen.jpg Betula utilis

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Read about Himalayan Birch - Snow Queen