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One hundred saplings taken from one hundred of the world's tallest trees have now been planted in Cornwall, as part of a climate change project between the Eden project and the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive (AATA).Clone trees planted in Cornwall California redwoods Fowey Cornwall Cormorant Hotel and Restaurant

One hundred coast redwood clones were planted in Cornwall, just a short distance from Fowey, Cornwall. The parents of these clones being the oldest and largest living things on Earth, and they can be over 350 feet tall and have a lifespan of up to 2,000 years.

These redwoods are usually found in California, but due to their changing climate, these trees no longer thrive in America. However, the mild climate and low-lying cloud often found in Cornwall are perfect for these redwoods.

The trees rely on the low-lying cloud, or fog, for 40 per cent of their water intake, which is rapidly disappearing in California. These trees store carbon dioxide faster and more effectively than any other species of tree on Earth, and they are the best form of Negative Emission Technology available.

These seedlings carry the DNA of just one tree, as opposed to a set of trees like a regular offspring would contain. The idea is that these trees will form a "living library" as Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project has labelled the innovation. The first sapling that was planted in Cornwall has the same genetic "fingerprint" of the Fieldbrook stump, which is a 3,500 year-old tree which was cut down in 1890. Had it not been felled, it would probably be the tallest tree in the world.

It is hoped that these trees will help to reduce the amount of carbon emissions currently in the region, and focuses on the future, rather than just the short term.


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