The annual networking day for site owners, managers, staff and supporters of Scotland’s finest tree collections was held at the National Trust for Scotland’s Crathes Castle in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

Crathes Castle © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

Crathes Castle © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

The National Tree Collections of Scotland (NTCS) comprises 22 of the most significant historic tree collections from across Scotland, including Crathes Castle, and brings them together in a network to care for and promote this unique part of Scotland’s heritage.

The NTCS event held earlier this month (6 June) kicked off with an overview of the designed landscape of Crathes Castle in the past, present and future.

Expert speakers also shared their experiences of delivering effective tree and designed landscape management plans, wrestling with the unique problems posed by ageing tree avenues, and their experiences securing funding to help conserve their tree collections.

NTCS event at Crathes Castle

NTCS site owners, managers, staff and supporters at networking event

NTCS Project Officer, Doug Flint, said: “We had a great variety of NTCS sites represented at this event, some coming from as far as Ullapool, Bute and East Lothian.

“Networking days like this one are great for sharing knowledge and raising issues that face all of the sites and associates across the country and are about how to best maintain their incredible tree collections for the people who visit these unique sites.”

The day included a tour of Crathes Castle’s spectacular grounds with Head Gardener, James Hannaford, to experience the garden’s stunning tree collection, topiary, and wider landscape.

Crathes Castle © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

Crathes Castle © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

In the care of the National Trust for Scotland since 1952, today Crathes Castle contains one of the Trust's most diverse plant collections, as well as some of the oldest hedging and topiary to be found anywhere in Scotland. 

National Tree Collections of Scotland (NTCS) logoTo find out more about NTCS and its sites, please visit www.ntcs.org.uk