Green light for a national tree symbol for Scotland

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21 JUNE 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 15967

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The Scottish Government is to undertake a consultation exercise to seek views on having a national tree for Scotland.

The consultation will begin in September and run for 3 months.

The idea of a national tree first came from Alex Hamilton, a member of the public who brought his campaign to the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee.

Environment & Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, made the announcement during a visit to the Royal Highland Show (Friday 21st).

He said :

“We are very sympathetic to the concept of having a national tree, but want to hear what the people of Scotland think about the idea – and what their choice would be!

"The designation of a national tree for Scotland would help highlight the significant contribution that trees, forests and woodlands make to Scotland - especially at a time when we are unfortunately facing a number of serious tree health problems.

“I have asked Forestry Commission Scotland to undertake this consultation in a way that reaches as many people as possible, including, for example, school children. 

““With this being the Year of Natural Scotland, it is also a very fitting way to raise the profile more generally about some of our much loved tree species.”

Forestry Commission Scotland will work with SNH to run the Scottish Government’s consultation on the idea of having a national tree for Scotland and identifying the most popular species.

Notes to news editors

1.   Mr Wheelhouse has written to the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee to inform them that a public consultation on having a national tree will begin in September.

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 or 07771 730 509.