Tree spirit comes alive for national tree of Scotland

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The Ghillie Dhu – the Scots guardian spirit of the trees - is coming alive to promote the national tree of Scotland consultation. 

The mysterious leafed spirit will be mystifying passers-by as it embarks on a five day tour across other parts of Scotland. 

The Ghillie Dhu will be in Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Dumfries, Perth and Edinburgh to encourage the public to register their choice for a national tree.  

James McDougall of Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“The Ghillie Dhu is a magical and mysterious spirit who protects trees. You never know quite what he is going to do next - sometimes he’s quiet and still but sometimes he moves quickly.

“If you spot him then make sure you get a photo as it may be long time until you see him again.

”This magical Scots spirit is coming alive to help us get the message out that everyone can get involved in choosing a national tree for Scotland.”

People across Scotland have been registering their choice for a national tree but time is running out. The consultation closes on 3 December so Forestry Commission Scotland is encouraging everyone to make their views known as quickly as possible.

It is very easy to register your choice and only takes a couple of minutes. Simply send an email with your thoughts to or register through

The Commission is also encouraging the public to take photos with the Ghillie Dhu and to post these on their Facebook page:

The Ghillie Dhu will be visiting :

Thursday 21st November: Glasgow (1130am to 3.30pm at Concert Hall at top of Buchanan Street)

Friday 22nd November – Kilmarnock (1130am to 3.30pm around Dick Institute then town centre.)

Saturday 23rd November – Dumfries (1130 to 3.30pm Gracefield Arts centre then town centre)

Sunday 24th November – Perth (12.30 to 4pm on the High Street)

Monday 25th November– Edinburgh (1130 - 2pm at Princes Street Gardens and Royal Botanical Gardens from 2.30pm to 4pm)

Notes to news editors

1.  The Ghillie Dhu is a creation by artists Ailie Rutherford and Bob Moyler. and

2. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

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4. 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.

5. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6508