No­table an­cient trees across Tay­side re­gion

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - The Fortin­gall Yew in Glen Lyon, near Aber­feldy.

There are more than 2,200 no­table, an­cient trees in Courier Coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the Wood­land Trust study.

The vast ma­jor­ity of them are in Perth and Kin­ross.

Al­though trees have no au­to­matic rights to pro­tected sta­tus, the fa­mous Fortin­gall Yew in Glen Lyon, near Aber­feldy, high­lights a dis­par­ity. A wall around the tree at­tracts for­mal le­gal pro­tec­tion, rather than the tree it­self.

The yew is the old­est in Scot­land and is thought to be more than 2,000 years old.

The big­gest tree is also in Perthshire – a gi­ant se­quoia at Cluny Gar­dens, Aber­feldy, with an im­pres­sive 37ft girth.

Other sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal trees in­clude the Cam­per­down Elm in Dundee and Mal­loch’s Oak in Strathal­lan, Perthshire, which made it onto the short­list of the 2018 Tree of the Year con­test.

The awards are run by the Wood­land Trust to high­light some of the coun­try’s best nat­u­ral trea­sures.

Lo­cal land­marks in­clud­ing the Bir­nam Oak and the tree at Dunkeld where fid­dler Niel Gow wrote fa­mous reels made last year’s short­list.

Ac­cord­ing to the trust, the most com­monly recorded trees in Scot­land are oak (3,300), Scots pine (2,000) and beech (1,400).

There are also 200 trees deemed so iconic they have their own in­di­vid­ual names.

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