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    Queen’s tree up for award

    Legend says it was planted by Mary Queen of Scots during a visit to Cumbernauld Castle, the family home of one her ladies-in-waiting.

    More than 450 years on, the sweet chestnut named Queen Mary’s Tree, now in the North Lanarkshire new town of Cumbernauld, is in the running to become Scottish Tree of the Year.

    Six trees have been nominated for The Woodland Trust Scotland’s competition, with the winner going forward to compete for the title of European Tree of the Year 2015.

    Other nominees include Scotland’s oldest tree, the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire; The Kissing Beech on the Kilvarock Estate in Inverness-shire; and the Clachan Oak at Balfron. Lady’s Tree at Loch of the Lowes and the Gowk Tree at Moffat complete the shortlist.

    Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland, said: “Tree of the Year is all about finding trees that are at the heart of local communities. By sharing stories and encouraging people to value them we can raise awareness of the need to protect these trees.”

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