Rare Australian conifer growing in North Wales

Wollemi pine
Conservationists say growing the rare conifer in Wales will contribute to its survival Credit: John Gorham

A rare Australian conifer has set seed in North Wales - and for only the second time in the UK.

Cuttings have been taken in an attempt to save the Wollemi pine, and one is now growing in Treborth Botanic Garden at Bangor University.

The Wollemi pine was identified as recently as 1994, with only around 100 growing in its native location in Australia.

The unusual species has demonstrated it can survive in different climates - even managing to seed despite temperatures of minus seven degrees during the last two winters here.

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