Is the Scots pine a native to Shropshire? Expert to give talk on March 10th

An expert on ancient trees is to give a talk in Shrewsbury on new research that suggests the Scots pine is a true native of Shropshire and The Marches and not an introduced species after all.

'Pinus sylvestris' was thought to have died out in the region during the Iron Age, more than 2,000 years ago, and reintroduced later as an alien species.

Now Dael Sassoon, a researcher in palaeoecology at Manchester University, has found evidence that the Scots pine persisted far longer on at least two sites in the region where it probably never died out.

He will give a public talk about his research, as a guest of the Severn Tree Trust, on Tuesday February 10 at St Peter’s Church Hall, Monkmoor Road, at 7.30pm. He will also highlight his latest research on Amazonian peatlands. 

Mr Sassoon has worked with several research institutes and charities including The Woodland Trust. Members of the public are invited to the talk.  Admission is £5.

The Scots pine is an evergreen conifer that is native to northern Europe. It is one of only three native conifers in the UK and the country’s only native pine. 

It thrives in heathland and is widely planted for timber. It is naturally occurring in abundance in the Caledonian forest in the Scottish highlands. The species can grow up to 36 metres tall and live up to 700 years. 

The Severn Tree Trust works to promote the awareness of the benefits of trees, protect ancient and notable trees and plant trees in Shropshire and Mid Wales to strengthen existing woodlands and create new ones.

The trust welcomes anyone interested in trees and members range from amateur conservation enthusiasts to professional people involved with trees and woodland management.