Time running out on national tree vote

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) has made a final call for Borderers to vote for a national tree for Scotland.

Consultation started in September and closes on December 3 and the public is being asked for their views on whether they’d like a national tree symbol and if so, which species would they like most.

FCS’s James McDougall said: “We have a close affection for our forests and woodlands. Trees are truly an integral part of our culture and heritage.

“A national tree symbol could help to raise the profile of the many benefits trees bring to today’s society.

“We’d like to hear from as many people as possible if they would like a national tree and what kind. It would be great if teachers also got involved – they could be using the national tree consultation as a fun way for their pupils to learn about the importance of trees and the different kinds found in Scotland.

“Time is running out for views to be submitted, so we’d urge everyone to get in touch quickly.”

Suggested front-runners are the Rowan, Silver Birch, Oak and, of course, Scot’s Pine – and perhaps even the Yew.

Views on a favourite tree can be sent to scotlandsnationaltree@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or people can complete a questionnaire at www.forestry.gov.uk/scotlandsnationaltree.