Veteran beech trees near the River Usk in Llanellen are having their seeds harvested and propagated to assure a healthy future for these magnificent trees.

 Llanellen, in Monmouthshire, is famous for lying in the shadow of the well-known Blorenge mountain, between the River Usk and the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. What few people know is that this area is important for native beech trees, at the very edge of their natural range.

Tom Ward Jackson, a Long Forest officer, is aiming to protect the ancient trees and ensure that new plants are grown from their seed.

Tom says,

The heritage of beeches in Llanellen are a great discovery for the Long Forest project.  Hedgerow planting in this area, joining up other hedgerows and existing areas of woodland, will incorporate beech sourced within a few hundred metres.  Volunteers will harvest self-seeded beech shoots and beech nuts to grow on in a tree nursery.”. The genetic code of these ancient trees will be preserved in new hedgerow and standard trees, which will take the place of today’s magnificent veterans nearing the end of their life.

Since the start of the Long Forest project, 4500 trees have been planted in Monmouthshire. Attendance at planting, laying and ground preparation sessions has been over 600 in total.

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