MSPs give thumbs up to national tree

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11 MARCH 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16201

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The Scottish Parliament has officially declared the Scots Pine as the national tree of Scotland.

MSPs voted their support for the national tree during a debate to mark the legacy of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

The idea of a national tree was first brought forward to the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee by Alex Hamilton, a member of the public.

Soon after, a consultation was run by Forestry Commission Scotland in which the public picked the Scots Pine as their favourite tree.

Environment & Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

“Throughout the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 we celebrated and promoted Scotland’s outstanding beauty, landscapes and biodiversity to our people and our visitors.

“It is therefore a very fitting legacy that the iconic Scots Pine has now been declared our national tree by the Scottish Parliament.

“The Scots Pine is recognised by many and is steeped in our culture.  This important symbol was chosen by the people of Scotland and will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
A new fund is to be created for innovative projects and events that raise the profile of the Scots Pine. Schools will be encouraged to get involved through the new fund.

Forestry Commission Scotland is also working on a National Tree Week in Scotland, linking in with other forestry events and celebrations.

Notes to news editors

1. The results of the public consultation for the national tree of Scotland were announced in January this year.  The debate and vote in the Scottish Parliament allowed the declaration of the national tree to take place.

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.