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11 Sep 2019

Talking up trees

An aerial colour photograph of Killiecrankie in autumn, showing the trees in their autumn colours. The rivers runs through the centre of the image, with the footbridge in the distance.
Autumn colours at Killiecrankie
At number 88 on our 100 Ways list, we’re celebrating our wonderful trees by taking part in the Scottish Tree Festival this autumn, with events at many of our places across the country.

Could autumn be Scotland’s best season? At this time of year, our properties are transformed as the trees start to turn. They take on the stunning amber and red hues, lighting up woodlands with their bold, bright colours.

From Threave Garden in Dumfries and Galloway, to Inverewe on the banks of Loch Ewe, the Trust has beautiful cultivated gardens and wilder woodlands.

Autumn leaves cover the branches in Crarae Garden.
Acers give great autumn colour.

In celebration of our trees, we’re taking part in the Scottish Tree Festival. From 28 September until 2 December, we’re running events that give visitors the chance to discover more about our botanical beauties, enjoy the outdoors and perhaps capture some amazing photographs at the same time.

Some highlights from the programme include:

  • Threave tree planting workshop - find out how to ensure your saplings really thrive, with the expert help of our talented gardeners.
  • Crathes tree-rubbing trail – discover the significant trees of this historic Aberdeenshire estate. Pick up a booklet, collect rubbings on the way round and get a stamp once complete.  
  • A Festival of Fruit at Kellie Castle – it’s all about apples during this week-long celebration. This Fife orchard grows 25 varieties, including some that are all but forgotten. 
A large acer tree with red leaves in Branklyn Garden. A stone ornamental feature stands in the foreground.
Branklyn Garden is also taking part in the Scottish Tree Festival.

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this For the Love of Scotland.

In Our Strategy for Protecting Scotland’s Heritage 2018–23, we set out how we’re planning to work towards our vision that Scotland’s heritage is valued by everyone and protected now, and for future generations.