It’s Lt’s spruce to win urges MSP Liz

Strathearn Herald - - STRATHEARN VIEW - Lynn Duke

Mid-Scot­land and Fife MSP, Liz Smith, has called on her fel­low par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to back David McCabe’s spruce to be named Scot­land’s Tree of the Year 2017.

The spruce started life in 1917 when it was sent back to Cri­eff by Lt David McCabe to his fa­ther from Pass­chen­daele. Lt McCabe later died from in­juries sus­tained in war, but his sapling was planted and has since grown fully in the 100 years since the bat­tle.

The Tree of the Year com­pe­ti­tion is run by the Wood­land Trust and mem­bers of the pub­lic can vote on­line for their favourite tree with the win­ner named at an awards cer­e­mony in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in De­cem­ber.

Ms Smith be­lieves that the Aber­cair­ney Spruce would make a fit­ting win­ner in the year of the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele.

Com­ment­ing she said:“There are a num­ber of stun­ning con­tenders to be named Tree of the Year 2017 but I be­lieve the story of David McCabe’s spruce, par­tic­u­larly in this sym­bolic year, is dif­fi­cult to beat.

“Cri­eff is uniquely con­nected to the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele and has held a num­ber of com­mem­o­ra­tive events so far to mark its 100th an­niver­sary and scoop­ing the Tree of the Year ti­tle would top this off.

“The Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele is re­mem­bered as one of the dead­li­est bat­tles in the First World War but the story of Lt McCabe’s spruce demon­strates that hope and re­newal can spring from the most har­row­ing of cir­cum­stances.

“I would call on mem­bers of the pub­lic and peo­ple in Cri­eff to get on­line and cast your vote in favour of Lt McCabe’s spruce.”

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