|Welcome to Ayrshire’s Treasured Trees.
The trees described here are all special to the people of Ayrshire.
They have been selected for a variety of reasons -some are impressive
to look at, others have strong historical or folklore connections
and others are in a setting where they give pleasure to many.
We hope you enjoy them.
The trees are in three categories - the Peoples
Choice, the School
Winners and the Heritage
The Peoples Choice
trees were all nominated by the people of Ayrshire, who were invited
to tell us about their favourite trees and why they are important
The School Winners
are the winning entries to a story-writing competition, which
was open to Ayrshire Primary 6 and 7 pupils. The subject could
include anything but it had to be related to a real tree. The
four winning stories are reproduced here in full by kind permission
of the pupils and their schools.
Joining all of these very special trees are the six Heritage
Trees in Ayrshire that were identified during the Heritage
Trees of Scotland project held in 2002. This project asked the
Scottish public to nominate the most important heritage trees
in Scotland. 100 trees were selected in all and included in the
book “Heritage Trees of Scotland”, Rodger, Stokes
& Ogilvie (2003) - not only are these six trees important
in Ayrshire but also across Scotland.
Many thanks to all of you who entered stories or nominated your
own favourite tree.