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Rare juniper to be propagated

Rare juniper plants on a verge in Bostal Road, Steyning

Rare juniper plants on a verge in Bostal Road, Steyning

STEYNING Horticultural Society is helping to grow cuttings from rare juniper plants in the town.

The project is designed to propagate juniper as part of the England Biodiversity Action Plan.

The plants grow in two areas on the Steyning Downland Scheme, on a verge in Bostal Road and on a hill at Steyning Coombe.

Head ranger Sarah Quantrill and West Sussex County Council ecologist Ben Rainbow planted juniper seeds on the road verge last week and collected cuttings for propagation by the horticultural society.

Project manager Matthew Thomas said: “This is all part of our plan to propagate juniper as a contribution towards the England Biodiversity Action Plan.”

 

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