Scotland boasts truly wonderful trees, woods and forests.
Some trees are native to Scotland, while others have found a home here after being introduced for the purposes of tourism, recreation or the timber industry. These trees fulfil vital roles in our environment – all whilst locking away millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
It has been suggested that Scotland should have a national tree to symbolise the importance of our forests and woodlands.
Forestry Commission Scotland is running a National Consultation for a National Tree for Scotland on behalf of Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
The consultation aims to find out the public’s opinions via two questions;
- Should there be a national tree for Scotland? And why?
- If you would like a national tree for Scotland, what species would you like and why?
The consultation runs until 3rd December and the Minister would like to engage with as many schools and education establishments as possible.
There are two main ways for schools to get involved:
- Register your individual views through www.forestry.gov.uk/scotlandsnationaltree
- Register a collective response through firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a range of connections to the curriculum that could be made depending on what angle teachers wish to make: political literacy, studying Scotland, learning for sustainability for example.
All details, including interesting facts can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/scotlandsnationaltree
For further information click: www.forestry.gov.uk/yearofnaturalscotland