The Woodlands Horticultural Unit at North Staney Hill, Lerwick, includes a glasshouse, cold frames and a tissue culture facility, looked after by the small team. The propagation beds in the glasshouse are heated by wind power from an onsite wind turbine, reducing energy costs and carbon.
The team propagates and grows plant material both for its own research and use, and also for community projects, and wholesale. As much as is possible, materials are sourced from within Shetland; where that is not possible, the team strives to use seed from areas with similar climates and/or latitudes. Seed of species such as alder and birch, pine, larch and spruce, are now collected exclusively from within the islands. We also hold a stock of all 18 hawkweeds endemic to Shetland, one of which has been successfully reintroduced to the wild after becoming extinct.
Plants are available to purchase wholesale at certain times of year. To find out more please contact us.
The tissue culture facility was developed in order to aid conservation of relict trees and other native flora in order to protect rare species. The team is currently engaged in a project with the University of Dundee Botanic Garden to conserve four very rare Scottish alpine plants.