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Donald Kennedy in Strathyre Forest Nursery
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No: 4309   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1950
Donald Kennedy in Strathyre Forest Nursery

Photograph courtesy of William Fleming, Polmont who worked in Strathyre Forest as an apprentice Forest Craftsman and retrieved this image from an unknown local magazine.

Donald is seen here spraying the young Sitka spruce trees in the transplant lines. The photo caption goes on to say:
‘Donald was one of a family of 12 from Glenogle, Lochearnhead. During the war years, Donald worked with the ‘Land Girls’ (Timber Corps?) and after the war carried on working with the forestry (Forestry Commission?). He was an incredibly kind man and full of fun. Donald’s sister Mary lived in Lochearnhead.’

Any more details and also name of original photographer would be very welcome.
Picture added on 30 November 2018 at 09:11
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The chemical spray called Simazine was used frequently at the tree nurseries in the Forfar area in the nineteen fifties and sixties, I wonder if it is still in use today.?

Added by Leslie Phillip on 30 November 2018.
It's banned in Europe, I'm not sure about elsewhere. Like many other chemicals, its hazards only became known after it had been used for many years. I hate to think of the long term effects of some of the chemicals we used. One in particular, that I can't remember the name of, dissolved the floor of a van after it was spilled.

Added by Andy MacNicol on 05 December 2018.
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