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Grove named after winning Ryder Cup captain

THE last thing golfers want is to find themselves amongst the trees, but the two Ryder Cup captains will be hoping their names will be forever associated with woodland in the Ochil Hills.

An area of Woodland Trust Scotland's Glen Devon Woodlands, which lie just a few miles away from the Gleneagles course where the tournament will be played in September, will be dedicated to the winner of this year's Ryder Cup. It will be named either (Tom) Watson's or (Paul) McGinley's Grove after the captain of the American or European teams. Gary Bolton, from the Woodland Trust Scotland, said: "Dedicating a tree is a great way to celebrate any occasion and with the Ryder Cup coming to Scotland for the first time in 40 years just a few miles from our woodland we've decided to name a small area of the Geordie's Wood after the winning captain.

"The new woodland in Glen Devon is coming on really well and the way marked trails we have created to help people explore and enjoy this landscape are really popular with walkers and mountain bikers." The Glen Devon Woodlands cover three distinct areas between Gleneagles and Yetts o'Muckart, Glen Quey, Glen Sherup, and Geordie's Wood. In 2008 the charity completed the planting of one and a half million trees to create 650 hectares of native woodland. Native species including birch, oak, alder, willow, rowan, hazel and aspen have been planted. This new woodland is becoming well established and a diverse range of wildlife, including threatened black grouse, has benefited from this habitat.

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