To celebrate the countrys many beautiful trees, members of the public are being asked once again to vote for their Tree of the Year for the annual Woodland Trust competition
To celebrate the country’s many beautiful trees, members of the public are being asked once again to vote for their Tree of the Year for the annual Woodland Trust competition. The winning tree is awarded a £1,000 care package towards its upkeep and will be honoured at a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament with a trophy. The finalists for this year have now been selected, with nominees from Lanarkshire, Highlands, Aberdeenshire and the Borders. The public have until 12pm on Friday 27 September to vote for an overall winner. Here are the six finalists for 2019.
One of 300 ancient oaks growing on the former hunting grounds of the Duke of Hamilton, this tree is between 600 and 800 years old and predates the nearby medieval castle.
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The tree suffered damage from a fire set in its hollow a couple of years ago but still survives. It also provided inspiration to the Cadzow Artists, a school of landscape painters including Horatio McCulloch and Samuel Bough.
This tree is more than 800 years old and formed part of a deer park planted by King David I.
From 1638 to 1688, the Scottish Covenanters sought religious and civil freedom and under threat of death for their beliefs, Covenanters had to hold clandestine outdoor services, with hundreds attending worship beneath the tree.
This tree was planted at Dunnottar Church in 1919 to mark the signing of the treaty ending World War One, and is officially recognised as a national war memorial.
A service was held 100 years on with guests from local churches, organisations and the Freemasons from the Province of Kincardineshire. The original spade used for planting was on display and is kept in the Masonic Lodge.
This four-year-old Scots pine represents thousands reversing the deforestation of Glen Nevis thanks to Nevis Landscape Partnership's Future Forests initiative.
Seed was collected from gnarly ancient pines high in the glen and grown on in planting boxes around Lochaber. Local children planted the saplings and as the trees grow, so will the children, to become future guardians of the glen.
With the looks of an ancient tree-creature from Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, this elm stood forgotten in a spur off Glen Affric until 2012.
The tree is the only one of its kind in the glen and likely the last survivor of some ancient forest. It now stands guard over the rebirth of a new native woodland in Affric.
This 340-year-old European silver fir is the oldest tree in Dawyck Botanic Garden and was planted in the wake of the Battle of Bothwell Bridge, before the Jacobite rising.
Collected from the mountains of Europe, the tree bears battle scars from centuries of harsh weather, including the great storm of 1880, the hurricane of 1968 and the relentless battering of Boxing Day 1998.