The 500-year-old Birnam Oak is the last fragment of Birnam Wood made famous in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and needs our help if it is to live for hundreds of years more.

Birnam Oak © Cameron Cormack

The Problem

The ancient tree’s trunk is hollow, and its long branches are still growing. We have already carried out urgent tree surgery to stabilise the tree and save it from splitting in half, but more work is needed.

Birnam Oak Jul 16 © Cameron Cormack

The Solution

The second phase of work to address long-term problems with the tree includes:

  • replacing the branch props which are starting to rot
  • relieving soil compaction around the tree's roots
  • protecting it from soil erosion caused by the nearby River Tay flooding.

Watch what Storm Desmond did to the Birnam Oak and why it needs help


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Thank you to the lovely Cameron Cormack for the use of his photography and the lovely Jessie Mac's Hostel in Dunkeld for the use of their video in this campaign.