Scotland boasts truly wonderful trees, woods and forests, and some of our trees are native to Scotland, while others have found a home here after being introduced for the purposes of tourism, recreation or the timber industry.
These trees fulfil vital roles in our environment - all whilst locking away millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
Alex Hamilton, a member of the public, suggested that Scotland should have a national tree to symbolise the importance of our forests and woodlands. The Scottish Government is now inviting the people of Scotland to submit their views on a national tree.
Michael Russell MSP says: “There is nowhere more beautiful at this time of year than Argyll and Bute, when the trees on our hillsides take on an explosion of autumnal colour. It is a major attraction for tourists and locals alike and is a season when we spend more time in and around the woodland - unhindered by the midge!
“This is an opportunity for us to engage in selecting our National Tree from those we see around us, I would encourage residents in Argyll and Bute to have their say given the significance of the forests and woodlands to our local economy”
The consultation aims to find out the public’s opinions via two questions:
Should there be a national tree for Scotland? And why?
If you would like a national tree for Scotland, what species would you like and why?
Visit Scottish Government’s Consultation page to submit your views.
You can also email your views to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to: Scotland’s National Tree, Forestry Commission Scotland, Silvan House, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 7AT.