Stone Lane Gardens involved in rare birch conservation project

betula megrelica on Mt migariaAfter securing funding from the National Geographic Society and Rufford Foundation, Paul Bartlett (Garden Manager at Stone Lane Gardens) has partnered with conservation charity Botanic Gardens Conservation International to implement a conservation project in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia.

The Mingrelian birch Betula megrelica is considered endangered. It is an isolated relict species confined to a few small populations in the Caucasus mountains, in a habitat under threat from commercial goat-herds and logging.

We are teaming up with the Institute of Botany and the National Botanic Garden of Georgia to carry out field work and implement a conservation plan for the long-term survival of this species. Read here for more