National Tree Collections of Scotland

Welcome to the National Tree Collections of Scotland website. You can find information about the National Tree Collections - what they are, how collections can join, when you can visit.

Scotland has some of the world’s finest tree collections. Their diversity reflects the role many individual landowners have played over the centuries, collecting and planting specimen trees from around the globe. The best of Scotland’s specimen tree collections have been brought together as the National Tree Collections of Scotland, to increase public awareness of and access to these collections, and to help protect this aspect of our national heritage for future generations.

The initiative has been established by Forestry Commission Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in partnership with the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, and with support from a broad range of stakeholders. It is part of the UK's response to the UN International Year of Forests 2011, which includes includes a year-long programme of educational, community and recreational events in Scotland. As the National Tree Collections of Scotland evolves, other sites will join, and ultimately it is envisaged that the initiative will operate independently of the original sponsoring bodies.