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One of most significant trees felled

ONE of the ten most significant trees in Scotland was one of the many that were felled as hurricane-force gusts hit Scotland.

The historic ash, which is recognised by the Forestry Commission for Scotland, had stood proudly in the grounds of Gordon Castle, near Fochabers, Moray for 270 years. Until yesterday.

Staff at the castle made several attempts to safeguard the ash over the past five years - they rarely survive longer than 200 years - but it could not withstand yesterday's storm.

Angus Gordon Lennox, the owner of Gordon Castle, said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of this great and ancient tree.

"Thankfully we took cuttings of the tree three years ago."

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