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Discovering Scotland’s Giant Trees – The Scottish Tree Festival 2021

September 28th 2021


Scottish Tree Festival Gets Underway

In autumn as leaf colours begin to change, Scotlands amazing woodlands put on a stunning seasonal show and from 28 September until 1 December the Scottish Tree Festival will be celebrating the importance of these giants of nature to our lives and our landscape.

Gardens and estates across the country will be inviting visitors to explore some of the finest tree collections and to enjoy the spectacle as the canopy changes from green to gold and scarlet.

Dozens of gardens and estates, from Wester Ross to the Borders, are taking part including Armadale Castle on Skye, Blair Atholl in Perthshire and Ardkinglas in Argyll where visitors can see some of Scotland’s ‘Champion’ trees – the biggest and broadest of their kind in the country. At Cambo Estate in Fife there will be storytelling sessions beneath the trees as well as craft workshops and a apple day, offering the chance to sample Scottish heritage varieties.

Ashbrook Nursery in Arbroath will be celebrating everything to do with trees, including crafts and planting advice, while self-guided tours at Teasses near Cupar will offer the last chance to see this remarkable garden before it closes for the season.

At Hopetoun Estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh rangers will be leading guided tours, while at Abbotsford near Melrose there will be an opportunity to explore the woodlands that were planted by Sir Walter Scott himself.

These and the many other events that will be taking part have been organised by Discover Scottish Gardens, which represents gardens and nurseries across the country and Joanna Macpherson, director, DSG, says: Against the backdrop of COP26 taking place in Glasgow, trees have never been more important and Scotland not only has a unique legacy of historic trees, but through careful conservation and replanting, this countrys tree cover is increasing once again. The Festival allows us to celebrate the place of trees in our lives, to enjoy their beauty and to explore how we can make more of them in our own gardens.”

A full list of events is available from tree festival