Happy New Year

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Since starting this blog at the end of November we have been delighted to see how much interest it has received – we have had nearly 700 views in the last month!  In 2010 we will continue to bring you news and stories from the herbarium, however, if there are any parts you find particularly interesting or you would like to hear more of, please let us know in the comments form as it is always great to get feedback.

New Year is a time when many of us make resolutions for the coming year.  If you haven’t decided on one yet maybe you might consider planting a tree in 2010.  The Woodland Trust is appealing to people to plant a native tree to mark the beginning of the new decade and as 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity it makes even more sense.  I’m thinking of planting a Hazel tree, although I think any nuts will be taken by the many grey squirrels that invade my garden.  Here’s some Hazel from our collection that was growing in Botany Bay Wood in Salford in 1866 and collected by John Barrow (1822- 1890).

For more information and a selection of native trees available for planting, see

www.woodlandtrustshop.com/native-trees

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