Blight fight: the story of America’s chestnuts offers hope for British trees

Environment The Guardian

An inspiring US campaign to restore the mighty chestnut to its eastern forests points the way to saving at-risk species in the UK If you move south through the US Appalachian region , between New York and Georgia, you get a feel for what Bill Bryson described in A Walk I n The Woods as “mile after endless mile of dark, deep, silent woods”. Chestnut country once occupied some of the most spectacular wooded landscapes in the world, from the Shenandoah valley and the Catskills to Tennessee’s Smoky mountains . It is deep-gorge and clear-river country, where an understory of vibrant dogwood gives …

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