Some of Scotland's Most Notable Trees Have Been Spruced up Ready for the Season

06 April 2015

Some of Scotland's Most Notable Trees Have Been Spruced up Ready for the Season The magnificent trees in Ardkinglas Woodland Garden at Cairndow, which include one of the tallest trees in the UK & Ireland and several other record breaking ‘champion trees’, have been given a once over by tree doctors to ensure they’re in good health and safe for the coming year’s visitors. Several of the garden’s trees received some ‘TLC’ from local arboriculturists David Petro Forestry Services of Dunoon.

Ross Petro explained what their work involved:

“As trees grow and mature, they naturally develop some defects, a bit like humans! When these trees are in publicly accessible gardens like Ardkinglas, it becomes necessary to monitor these defects to make sure they are kept in a safe condition. Our recent work in the woodland garden included some pruning, thinning and reduction work. These methods mean that some great trees can be retained safely for much longer, rather than just cutting them down.”

The work was funded by a grant from Forestry Commission Scotland obtained on the garden’s behalf by the National Tree Collections of Scotland – an initiative which brings together some of the finest and most important collections of trees across the country, including nearby Benmore Botanic Garden and Kilmun Arboretum.

Jean Maskell, estate manager for Ardkinglas Estates, said:

“We’re delighted that these works have been undertaken to keep our trees in safe condition and we’re grateful to the National Tree Collections of Scotland for their support, and of course to David Petro Forestry Services for such an excellent job.”

Other new developments at Ardkinglas this year include the installation of a special Gruffalo Trail. As visitors wander through the gardens colourful Rhododendrons and Magnolias over the coming months, this new trail will bring added excitement for all the family.

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden is open from dawn to dusk all year round. An admission charge applies.