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Scots pine for national tree

The Scots Pine will be named as ­Scotland's national tree tomorrow when MSPs will officially endorse its selection.

It follows a three-month consultation that showed the pine found favour with two out of every three respondents. It was followed by the rowan, which took one-fifth of the votes.

Wildlife enthusiast Alex Hamilton had taken his campaign for a national tree to MSPs, and a petition received cross-party support.

Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, has lodged a motion that "...recognises the importance of designating a national tree of Scotland as an important symbol of the country's commitment to woodlands, biodiversity and reforestation, and understands that the Scots pine is the most widely distributed conifer in the world, with a natural range that stretches from west Scotland to the Okhotsk Sea in eastern Siberia, and from north of the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia to southern Spain."

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