Scottish conifer conservation plan reaches milestone at five-star golf resort

An initiative to conserve the world's conifer trees in Scotland's Big Tree Country has planted its thousandth tree in the grounds of the Gleneagles Hotel.

Image: Photos by Zoe
Image: Photos by Zoe

The Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) was grown from a seed collected from a 1,000-year-old tree growing at the Gokurakuji temple above Hiroshima, Japan by the Perthshire Conifer Conservation Programme (PCCP) in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

PCCP project officer Doug Flint said: "It is only fitting that our 1,000th tree comes from a 1,000 year-old one. We are also delighted that the 1,000th PCCP tree will be planted close to the first PCCP tree planted in 2008 at Gleneagles when we launched the programme."

Since 2008, Gleneagles guests have also donated over £230,000 to support the work of the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, which manages the PCCP, enabling Perthshire to take a leading role in the care of historic tree collections through conservation.

The internationally famous golf resort also helped found a network of landowners to provide safe havens for threatened trees in the historic gardens and estates of Perthshire, so contributing to the county’s world-renowned historic tree collections, many of which date from the 1800s.

Gleneagles Hotel managing director Bernard Murphy added: "Our partnership with the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust has allowed us to make a significant contribution to the important activities of the PCCP and other conservation initiatives in the region, and provided the opportunity for us to play our small part in safeguarding the world’s vital natural assets for future generations."

The trees are primarily threatened species from across the globe, including coast redwood from the USA, Atlas cedar from North Africa and the monkey puzzle from Chile.

They are accessible to the public across 23 forests, gardens and designed landscapes in Perthshire, which also include council-run green spaces, Forest Enterprise Scotland sites and privately owned estates like Scone Palace, Blair Castle and Bonskeid.

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