A new scheme aiming to keep coniferous trees on the map is being backed by a local college.
Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus is one of the first to sign up to the ‘Conifers for Colleges’ scheme being led by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS).
The initiative recognises the challenges facing timber growers and will look at where species are likely to grow best.
Working with RFS education manager Phil Tanner, staff from Kirkley Hall will receive 400 coniferous trees made up of 18 different species and 100 broadleaf trees.
The research will be made available to woodland owners and managers across the UK via the SilviFuture database.
Marcus Clinton, vice principal, said: “This project will allow our highly regarded forestry and arboricultural department a great opportunity to get students involved with planting, survey, tree mensuration, thinning and felling as part of developing a learning and research facility with the new Conifer plantation.”
Mr Tanner said: “The project is providing a unique opportunity for the students involved to get first-hand knowledge of species about which many within the current forestry industry know very little.”