Work to save twin­flower com­mended at Holy­rood

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY RITA CAMP­BELL

It is an iconic plant found in the Cairn­gorms – but it is at risk of ex­tinc­tion.

Now work to pre­serve the twin­flower has been com­mended in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

In Scot­land, twin­flower is found only in Cale­do­nian Pinewoods as an in­di­ca­tor of an­cient or longestab­lished pinewoods.

It re­pro­duces very slowly, is un­able to spread quickly into new habi­tats and is gen­er­ally re­stricted to ar­eas of an­cient pinewood.

The Cairn­gorms Rare Plants Project, launched in 2010, aimed to de­liver ur­gently-needed ac­tion and was a part­ner­ship be­tween the CNPA, Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage and Aberdeen Uni­ver­sity.

North East re­gion Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive MSP Bill Bow­man is the species cham­pion and has ar­gued for greater pro­tec­tion of the flower.

Mr Bow­man said dur­ing a Holy­rood de­bate: “The twin­flower is one of Scot­land’s most iconic wild­flow­ers and of­ten seen as an em­blem of Scot­land’s an­cient Cale­do­nian forests.

“How­ever, it is un­der threat and work has been un­der­taken to en­sure that the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park is a strong­hold for the re­main­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“The species has no spe­cial le­gal pro­tec­tion, so twin­flower’s fu­ture in Scot­land is di­rectly linked to the fu­ture of the Cale­do­nian Pinewoods.”

Glen Derry, Glen Lui and Glen Quoich are three ar­eas where Cale­do­nian Pinewood re­cov­ery will be con­cen­trated.

This project aims to save th­ese rem­nant pinewoods and over the next two years Trees for Life will work with landown­ers to pro­mote their bet­ter man­age­ment.

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