Revel in the beauty of nature at The Scottish Tree Festival, returning for its second year this autumn. Over 70 events will be taking place across Scotland, from the Highlands to the Scottish borders, all designed to showcase the spectacular array of diverse woodlands and gardens. Eight new sites have joined the festival for 2019, including Balmerino Abbey, Branklyn Garden, Drum Castle, Fyvie Castle, Glencoe Woodland, Kellie Castle and Hill of Tarvit, offering a range of guided garden and woodland walks, tree trails and tree workshops.
At the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh visitors can take part in a series of guided walks, explore an exhibition celebrating the wonders of wood, and wander round the Regional Gardens Dawyck, known for their spectacular autumn colours, Benmore and Logan Botanic Garden. Fancy an afternoon of storytelling? Head to Holyrood Park, where The University of Edinburgh’s Gaelic officer will be hosting a talk as part of Historic Environment Scotland’s involvement. Alternatively, learn all about the significance of apples in Gaelic culture at Aberdour Castle, home to a beautiful and historic apple orchard. Other interesting places to visit include Faskally Wood near Pitlochry where a sound and light show is taking place; Floors Castle & Gardens in Kelso with its 200-year old oak trees and Scotland’s first monkey puzzle tree; and Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland, where you can pick apples in the garden.
‘The Scottish Tree Festival is a great way to take a moment to reflect on and acknowledge the important role trees play in our everyday lives,’ said Ann Steele, Head of Heritage Gardening (Policy) at National Trust for Scotland. ‘The benefits of trees extend beyond their beauty; from social and communal to economic, health and environmental benefits. Scotland is lucky to have some of the most extraordinary species, rich in heritage and diversity. We are thrilled that our involvement in this year’s festival has grown with an increased number of sites taking part and we look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages to our events and activities.’
Events are taking place across Scotland
28 September-1 December 2019
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