08 November 2019
Some of the country's most beautiful trees take centre stage at the 2019 Scottish Tree Festival.
The festival returns for a second year with a number of new sites taking part, including Balmerino Abbey, Drum Castle and Fyvie Castle. Balmerino is the home of one of Scotland's oldest tree - an ancient Spanish chestnut named Queen Ermengade's Chestnut (pictured above).
Over 70 events will take place between 28 September and 1 December. Ann Steele, Head of Heritage Gardening (Policy) at National Trust for Scotland, said: “The Scottish Tree Festival is a great way to take a moment to reflect on and acknowledge the important role trees play in our everyday lives. The benefits of trees extend beyond their beauty; from social and communal to economic, health and environmental benefits.
"Scotland is lucky to have some of the most extraordinary species, rich in heritage and diversity. We are thrilled that our involvement in this year’s festival has grown with an increased number of sites taking part and we look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages to our events and activities.”
For more information and event listings for this year’s tree festival, visit the website.
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Images: Balmerino chestnut copyright Jonathan Oldenbruck; Drum castle copyright ikiwaner; Fyvie castle copyright Tom Parnell