8 NOVEMBER 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 16101
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Forestry Commission Scotland says time is running out for the public to get their views in for a national tree of Scotland.
The national consultation has been running since the start of September but closes on 3rd December.
During the three month period, the public has been asked for their views on whether they’d like a national tree symbol and if so, which species would they like most.
James McDougall, Forestry Commission Scotland, 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.”
Views on a favourite tree can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public can also give their views through a quick and easy questionnaire found on www.forestry.gov.uk/scotlandsnationaltree.
Notes to news editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
4. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6508