Appeal launched to save ancient Shakespearean tree

Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust has launched an appeal to raise £100,000 in order to save the Birnam Oak, the last remnant of the wood featured in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

The Birnam Oak during last December's floods - image:PKCT
The Birnam Oak during last December's floods - image:PKCT

The 500-year-old tree near the town of Dunkeld has a hollow trunk though its lateral branches are still growing.

"Without remedial action the significant strain they were exerting could have caused the trunk to split in half," the trust said. "We have already carried out urgent tree surgery to stabilise the tree but more work is needed."

This will include replacing the branch props which are starting to rot, relieving soil compaction around the tree's roots, and protecting it from soil erosion caused by the nearby River Tay flooding, most recently in December.

But despite coverage on the BBC, by this afternoon (12 August) the appeal had raised just £196.

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