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An ini­tia­tive to save an­cient Scots pines across the High­lands of Scot­land from be­com­ing the last gen­er­a­tion in a lin­eage of trees dat­ing back to the last ice age, has been launched. Con­ser­va­tion char­ity, Trees for Life, wants to re­store 50 ar­eas of ne­glected pinewoods mainly made up of lone, an­cient ‘granny pines’, which are more than 200 years old and are dy­ing be­cause they stand with no young trees to suc­ceed them. If the forests are not re­stored, wildlife de­pen­dent on them will be at risk. The char­ity has al­ready raised £15,000 for the pro­ject and is look­ing for a fur­ther £20,000 from the pub­lic to be able to start work. www.treesfor­life.org.uk/ap­peal

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