New arboretum for Scotland's Big Tree Country

A new addition to Perthshire's tree attractions will be formally opened by Scotland's environment minister Mike Russell tomorrow. The Aitken Arboretum, part of the the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park east of Perth, has benefited from a £80,000 bequest from local landscape gardener and nurseryman Jim Aitken, who died in 2003.

Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park User Group secretary Bill Gray said: "There are specimens of trees like Wellingtonia and coast redwoods from the days when the estates tried to outdo each other by growing the tallest trees. The more recent planting has been of commomorative trees of the sort you could plant in an average garden."

Work at the site has been carried out under the £1.8m part-Lottery-funded Perthshire Big Tree Country Heritage and Access Project. The site will be managed by its landowners Forestry Commission Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council.

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