Thieves steal rare plants

Nothofagus gunnii stolen from Kew

Rare thefts Thieves have stolen the only example of a Nothofagus gunnii growing in Britain. The Tasmanian southern beech does not thrive in UK conditions but Kew horticulturists succeeded in establishing one at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. The plant went missing on 6 October. Kew has asked for information from people in the trade if they are offered the plant, but feared it is already dead. Meanwhile, Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland has shut its cannabis display after thieves stole six plants.

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