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Perth and Kinross receive 4 dedications to The Ancient Canopy in honour of our late Queen

His Majesty The King, Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy, has unveiled a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees to be dedicated to Her Majesty in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. Niel Gow’s Oak, in Craigvinean Forest was yesterday dedicated to The Ancient Canopy. Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross presented Robin Lofthouse from Forestry and Land Scotland with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

The Black Wood of Rannoch, one of the most beautiful surviving areas of the ‘Great Forest of Caledon’, has been dedicated to our late Queen as part of The Ancient Canopy – a conservation project of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Heritage Trees to commemorate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.The Black Wood of Rannoch has survived largely undisturbed since the last Ice Age approximately 10,000 years ago. Fellings in the medieval period provided timber for local needs through periods of clan warfare, and more recently Canadian troops exploited the area in WWII. Now the rich history and biodiversity in the forest denote it as a Special Area of Conservation and it is favoured by researchers.Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross presented a commemorative plaque to Graeme Findlay from Forestry and Land Scotland watched by Provost Xander McDade.

The third Ancient Canopy award in Perth and Kinross has been given to The Parent Larch, which stands in the grounds of Dunkeld House Hotel. This larch, in the shadows of Dunkeld Cathedral, is one of the largest European larches in the UK and is the last remaining of five trees planted for Duke James of Atholl in 1738. This tree, and its now dead companions, had been dubbed “Parent Larches” by 1812 since they provided some of the seeds for the early plantings across the UK. It now stands as a monument to the tree planting feats achieved by the Dukes. Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross presented the commemorative plaque to Gary Macdonald from Dunkeld House Hotel. Trustees and staff from Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, who partner with the hotel on Big Tree Country attended the presentation.

The Birks of Aberfeldy is a special place loved far and wide, with its woodland, burn and waterfall landscape. The steeply wooded gorge on the Moness Burn has several spectacular waterfalls flanked by a variety of trees hosting a wealth of wildlife, and plant species. Recognised nationally and internationally for its ecosystems, The Birks of Aberfeldy has been dedicated to The Ancient Canopy to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Alex Cairncross, Deputy Lieutenant, had great pleasure in presenting Xander McDade, Provost of Perth and Kinross, on behalf of the Perth and Kinross Council, with a commemorative plaque to mark this special occasion. Fergus Cook gave a sensational recital of The Birks of Aberfeldy and Tam o’ Shanter by Rabbie Burns.

In celebration of Perth & Kinross being awarded 4 dedications to The Ancient Canopy as part of our late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Provost of Perth & Kinross Xander McDade has planted at tree in Victoria Park in Aberfeldy. He was joined by Deputy Lieutenant Alex Cairncross.



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