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Consultation on national tree for Scotland

The public are being asked to decide whether Scotland should have a national tree Credit: PA

A public consultation is being launched by Scotland's Environment Minister to find out if the country wants a national tree.

Paul Wheelhouse is putting forward options such as the Scots pine, the rowan, the birch and the wych elm, but the Forestry Commission say any tree will be considered.

The idea of having a national tree for Scotland was put forward by a member of the public at a Scottish Parliament committee earlier this year.

The consultation runs until December 3rd and the public are being asked to have their say.

Does Scotland need national tree?

MSPs are being asked to declare the Scots Pine Scotland's national tree.

The evergreen can be found on dozens of windswept hillsides throughout the South of Scotland.

Nature lover Alex Hamilton is taking his plea to the public petitions committee at Holyrood this morning.

He says the gesture would make a symbolic commitment to woodlands and natural heritage.

He has the backing of the Woodland Trust, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB Scotland.


Plea to change national tree from oak to Scots pine

A plea is being made to The Public Petitions Committee at Holyrood, in a bid to change Scotland's national tree from the Oak to the Scots Pine.

Nature enthusiast Alex Hamilton, who is fronting the campaign, already has the support of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland, the Woodland Trust Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust