The Scots Pine has been chosen by the people as the national tree of Scotland.
A recent three month consultation to choose a national tree found that the Scots Pine was the clear favourite, with over 52 per cent (2,374) of all responses opting for the tree.
Over 4,500 people responded to the consultation run by Forestry Commission Scotland. The second favourite tree, the Rowan, received 15 per cent (687) of the responses and in third place came the Holly with 7 per cent (333).
Announcing the consultation results during a Members’ Debate in the Scottish Parliament, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said
Scotland’s trees, forests and woodlands are some of our greatest and most treasured natural assets. We are rightly proud of them because they help shape our landscape and make Scotland the fantastic country that it is. The Scots Pine was an obvious choice and certainly the people’s choice. Its designation of being the national tree of Scotland will help create an iconic symbol to highlight the significant contribution trees make to our country.
The idea of a national tree of Scotland came from Alex Hamilton, a member of the public who brought his campaign to the Scottish Parliament through a petition and received cross-party support from MSPs.
Mr Hamilton said
I am delighted at the news and congratulate the Scottish Government. I look forward to this symbol of our beautiful and life-giving woodlands being embraced by all.
The national tree of Scotland is a symbolic designation which aims to help promote, celebrate and get people talking about trees, woodlands and forests. Forestry Commission Scotland is developing a funding package and a range of activities to help promote the national tree of Scotland symbol across the country.
A formal designation of the national tree of Scotland will take place in the coming months, as part of the events to mark the Year of Natural Scotland.