Lakeland Aspen Project
Thanks to the support of a private sponsor based in the Lake District, Eadha is delighted to have extended its geographical range to undertake the Lakeland Aspen Project. This commenced in autumn 2013, when we conducted a survey focusing on the Lake District National Park area, to locate and record native aspen stands. This exercise combined with the collation of biological records, was successful in identifying 35 clones scattered across the region. This preliminary work suggested that aspen is more common here than in Scotland although still rare. However, current records were patchy and there had to date been little or no conservation work or research focusing on aspen in the area as far as we are aware.
We have now selected 30 priority clones found in a diverse range of locations, including riparian, woodland, wetland, upland and montane. Over the winter of 2015, we will be revisiting sites and collecting root cuttings. These will be propagated back at our nursery to create a stock for our clone bank and with the surplus trees planted out on our sponsor's land.
We are promoting our work with local stakeholders and agencies with a view to obtain further support to extend our work further and to create a sustainable supply chain of local provenance stock as well as simultaneously promoting the greater use of aspen in a range of applications in the Lake District.