Timber Terroir – Just how good can wood be?

Following on from my recent post about seed saving & local adaptations, I’m reblogging this piece by the inestimable @Europeantrees. He raises essential points regarding the current trend in the UK to plant trees without exploring the lack of locally sourced seedlings & the dominance of transnational nursery production. You could argue that globalisation of horticultural industries is seriously implicated in the transfer of plant diseases across borders; you would need to critically examine how locally sourced & grown trees & other plants have declined as local skills & knowledge have been absorbed & diluted by national & transnational horticultural conglomerates. Alongside this, there is the downgrading & side-lining by national/government bodies of existing skills & knowledge within horticulture & arboriculture sectors.
These are issues I suspect will find their way into a post in the near future.
Meanwhile, here, @Europeantrees offers a valuable comparison with the situation in France:

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It is heartening to watch the strong push towards re-establishing a ‘woodland culture’ in Britain. The disconnection between people and the forest industry has been a problem for a considerable time, which is at the heart of many of the very worst threats facing our forests, trees and the wider landscape. UK Forestry is sustainable and UK arboriculture could be also.

It is nothing short of appalling that the Forestry and Arb industry was effectively usurped, tree planting for the sake of tree planting carried out in the name of nature conservation allowed for a flood of trees, grown in foreign nurseries, to take root across the British landscape. This is not a UKIP thing – it is a simple axiom that the best tree for any particular place is one grown to site specifics, ideally from seed sourced from that location also. The lack of local nurseries and basic…

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