Home-grown tree lights up Christmas

14 December 2022

Scotland’s thriving forestry industry has brightened up the Scottish Government’s headquarters in St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, with the gift of a Christmas tree.

The 7ft tall Nordmann Fir was grown in Beauly, near Inverness, by Confor member Highfield Forestry, which looks after around 12,000 hectares of woodland throughout the UK. 

Highfield Forestry is headquartered in Perth, but also has an office in Biggar - part of the Clydesdale constituency of Environment Minister Màiri McAllan, who received the tree on behalf of the Scottish Government. 

Environment Minister Màiri McAllan said: “Scotland’s forestry industry is a real success story. The sector is helping to tackle climate change and nature loss, whilst strengthening our communities - providing 25,000 jobs and generating over £1 billion to our economy each year. 

“The Scottish Government is committed to helping the sector grow from strength to strength and to take any opportunities to promote the use of home-grown timber. It is only right that the new Christmas tree in St Andrew’s House is Scottish-grown.” 

The delivery of the Christmas tree - one of around 700,000 supplied to Scottish homes every year - was organised by Confor.