The trees include dogwood, guelder rose, downy birch
, alder, and willow which will be planted along with hedgerows of hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel.
"Sessile oak, downy birch
, rowan, hazel, wild cherry - even the names are beautiful," said Gillian, Wales' national poet "Already the first leaves are opening.
There are six varieties planted - hazel, crab apple, downy birch
, hawthorn, holly and goat willow.
These botanicals, endemic to the Scottish island, are apple mint, sweet chamomile, creeping thistle, downy birch
, elder, gorse, hawthorn, heather, juniper, lady's bedstraw, lemon balm, meadowsweet, mugwort, red clover, spearmint, sweet cicely, bog myrtle (sweet gale), tansy, water mint, white clover, wild thyme, and wood sage.
Further investigation might have revealed that it wasn't a bird to blame for the tattooing, however, but a chap called Jim Mann tapping away at the 150 downy birch
trees in preparation for harvesting their sap to turn into syrup.
We tested this hypothesis by comparing the size of annual shoots of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), downy birch
(Betula pubescens), and Norway spruce (Picea abies) along a distance gradient from supplementary feeding stations.
We also made another more utilitarian kitchen garden and some irregularshaped beds, housing an assortment of left-over plants, a grove of downy birch
and red dogwood.
The planting plan foresees two main blends of species with sessile oak and downy birch
dominating and a supporting cast of holly, rowan, aspen, hawthorn, hazel and juniper.
They are being replaced by native species ranging from downy birch
The minister planted a downy birch
tree before being accompanied by owner Mark Sillars on a tour around the farm.