April 23, 2018
The return of the Great Caledonian forest that once covered much of Scotland’s highlands is being boosted with a special mix of mushroom spores that should help saplings survive better on the hills.
Fungi living on the roots of trees play a vital role in the ecology, helping to break down nutrients in the soil.
But trees were lost in much of the Highlands many years ago so the fungi vanished too.
The new project, run by Trees for Life, is adding the spores when young trees are planted.