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Con­ser­va­tion­ists plant 1000th conifer at ho­tel

Strathearn Herald - - STRATHEARN VIEW - Rachel Clark

A 1000- year- old Ja­panese tree is to be­come the 1000th tree planted by the Perthshire Conifer Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gramme.

The tree will now be planted in the grounds of Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel, with Bernard Mur­phy, the ho­tel’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, be­ing pre­sented with the tree ear­lier this week.

The tree, a 1000-year-old Ja­panese cedar, was grown at the Goku­rakuji Tem­ple above Hiroshima City in Ja­pan, and con­ser­va­tion­ists be­lieve the species could be­come threat­ened within the next five years.

Doug Flint, Perthshire Conifer Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gramme’s project of­fi­cer, said: “It is only fit­ting that our 1000th tree comes from a 1000-yearold one. We are also de­lighted that the 1000th Perthshire Conifer Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gramme tree will be planted close to our first tree planted in 2008 at Gle­nea­gles when we launched the pro­gramme.”

Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel have been work­ing with the con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme over the years to help cre­ate a net­work of landown­ers pro­vid­ing safe havens for threat­ened trees in their gar­dens and es­tates, with trees from across the globe in­clud­ing from the USA, North Africa and Chile.

Thanks to this project, around 110 en­dan­gered trees are planted every year by the pro­gramme with Gle­nea­gles do­nat­ing £ 230,000 to sup­port Perth and Kin­ross Coun­try­side Trust, who man­age the on- go­ing tree con­ser­va­tion pro­gram­mme.

Bernard Mur­phy, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Gle­nea­gles, said: “Hav­ing pro­vided sanc­tu­ary in our es­tate for the first tree on this im­por­tant con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme, we’re de­lighted to com­mem­o­rate the suc­cess of the scheme by ac­cept­ing the 1000th tree.

“We are proud of our part­ner­ship with the Perth and Kin­ross Coun­try­side Trust - which has al­lowed us to make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the im­por­tant ac­tiv­i­ties of the Perthshire Conifer Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gramme and other con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tives in the re­gion, and pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for us to play our small part in safe­guard­ing the world’s vi­tal nat­u­ral as­sets for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Na­ture The 1000th tree planted by the Perthshire Conifer Con­ser­va­tion Trust is given to Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel. Pic: Zoe Bar­rie

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