Environment 19 May 2019 Winnie-the-Pooh famously scoured Hundred Acre Wood in search of honey. In Ashdown Forest in Sussex, the wood’s real-life inspiration, Alice Hudson and Ian Willey are hunting the gorse and bracken for something less sweet, but equally vital. The researchers from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are seeking willow seeds to collect and deposit in an underground vault a few kilometres away. The plan is to preserve them as an insurance policy against future invaders or evolving threats. “We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” says Willey. The willow … Continue reading Subscribe for unlimited digital access Subscribe now for unlimited access Digital Unlimited web access New Scientist app Videos of over 100 science talks available exclusively to subscribers SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE Print & digital Unlimited web access Weekly print edition New Scientist app Videos of over 100 science talks available exclusively to subscribers SUBSCRIBE Quarterly by Direct Debit Inclusive of applicable taxes (VAT) Existing subscribers, please log in with your email address to link your account access.