Pacific northwest forest ecosystem in Scotland

As part of the research for my book, The New Sylva, I visited recently a remarkable place in Scotland where many so-called exotic coniferous species are not only thriving but are forming a functioning forest ecosystem similar to that found in the Pacific northwest of America. There are … Read More

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Giant redwoods at Benmore

Day three of our Scottish Drawing Expedition was one of giants. We visited Benmore Botanic Garden in Argyll, Scotland, to see the huge conifers planted there from the 19th Century. Our main interest was an avenue of giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum), which are the largest outside of their native California. Planted in 1863, many of… Read More

Birch in the Scottish Highlands

Day two of our Scottish drawing expedition took us to the southern shore of Loch Rannoch. We were in search of a treescape that would enable us to feature birch and water together. We had a specific place in mind for where the drawing will feature in the book. The weather was cold, as it… Read More

Scots Pine in the Black Wood of Rannoch

Yesterday our Scottish Drawing Expedition for The New Sylva got underway. In search of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) we had travelled to one of the last remaining and best examples of Caledonian Pinewood: the Black Wood of Rannoch, in Central Scotland. High above Loch Rannoch, on an undulating heather-clad ridge, we found the perfect subject;… Read More

A Scottish drawing expedition

The authors are very much looking forward to an expedition to Scotland to capture some of the nation’s most spectacular trees and forestscapes. In December we will be spending four days researching and drawing various subjects, including the iconic Caledonian pinewood forests. We will post news and pictures of progress here when we can find… Read More