Perthshire - Big Tree Country
What is big tree country?
Quite simply, Perthshire is. Here in the heart of Scotland, around 90,000 hectares of land is covered in trees - that's almost 13%. Perthshire is home to some of Europe's most remarkable trees and woodland, including:
the last survivor of Macbeth's Birnam Wood
the tallest hedge in the world
the single oldest living organism in Europe
At Gleneagles, we think you'll agree with us that Big Tree Country is worthy of both celebration and conservation. To help make this possible, we add a discretionary £1 to the price of your room for each night of your stay with us. Due to the generosity of our guests, over £150,000 has been raised to date.
Your £1 can make a big, big difference.
With this money, we will be able to support ongoing efforts to conserve and protect our heritage trees and woodlands for future generations. Of course, if you prefer to opt out of this £1 donation, simply inform reception on your departure.
With the donations gathered already, we have been able to contribute to worthwhile projects, such as efforts to save and restore the Ancient Orchards of the Carse of Gowrie, whose traditional varieties of apples and pears may well end up on the menu at Gleneagles.
Our guests generous contributions have helped in our work across three main projects
The Heritage and Access Project
The restoration of a path and construction of an iconic wooden building at Cone Point in Craigvinean Forest was carried out. This is one of the finest viewpoints in Perthshire, first mapped in 1826, with a path constructed by the Duke of Atholl for his guests.
It was subsequently 'lost' when policy woods gave way to commercial forest. There are fine views up the River Tay towards Pitlochry and Ben y Vrackie. The path will be way-marked and a new map and leaflet will be produced early in 2009. Directly opposite the Point is Craig a Barns, an impressively rugged hill originally planted with larch.
Historic Orchards Project
The Carse of Gowrie produced notable Scottish apples such as Bloody Ploughman,Lass o' Gowrie, Oslin and Tower of Glamis. An essential part of the work in rescuing the remaining orchards has been to conduct a varietal survey of their trees. Experts in apple identification - 'pomologists' - have been engaged in this research. Secure and unique identification of individual trees is also being carried out and a database compiled.
New planting of apple, pear and plum trees to mark the start of an Orchard Trail has been carried out at Gas Brae in Errol.
A programme of events for 2009, to include Blossom Days in the spring and an Orchard Festival in October, is being readied by the Historic Orchards Forum.
The iCONic Project - Providing a Heaven for Suffering Conifers
Gleneagles is at the centre of a global rescue operation to save some of the world's most endangered conifer species.
The iCONic Project, (internationally threatened conifersin our care), was launched by Gleneagles Chairman, Peter Lederer in September 2008, who helped to plant the first of five thousand rare conifer trees.
Conifers from around the world, including the unusually shaped Monkey Puzzle tree, are suffering from habitat loss and the effects of climate change through global warming. The iCONic Project offers a unique opportunity to help relocate these rare species within Perthshire Big Tree Country so our descendants can continue to enjoy a legacy of wonderful and remarkable trees.
The trees planted at Gleneagles will be looked after by head gardener, Lawrence Gorlas as part of his ongoing duties to maintain the grounds.
These exciting projects were made possible by money raised through the voluntary £1 per room per night we add to the final bill.