Rothesay’s ‘umbrella tree’ lives on in new bench

Argyll and Bute Council workers David Fraser and Jimmy Lilley on the bench fashioned from the much-loved 'umbrella tree' which formerly stood in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens.

Argyll and Bute Council workers David Fraser and Jimmy Lilley on the bench fashioned from the much-loved 'umbrella tree' which formerly stood in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens.

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A new bench made by a Bute craftsman from wood taken from a much-loved Rothesay tree has been put on show at a local garden.

The bench was made by Ray Beverley from wood taken from the so-called ‘umbrella tree’, a distinctive elm which graced the Esplanade gardens in the town for many years until disease and old age saw it chopped down in September 2012.

A sapling taken from the old tree is now growing in place of its parent in the gardens - while Ray’s bench now provides a place to sit for visitors to Ardencraig Gardens, the nursery facility run by Argyll and Bute Council which provides the colourful flowers adorning public areas in Rothesay and beyond.