About the NTCS initiative


Scotlandís finest quality tree collections are being brought together in a single, multi-site national arboretum: to promote information sharing and secure long-term stewardship of the collections to raise awareness of the value and importance of the collections and to encourage the sharing and promotion of Scotlandís tree collection knowledge, skills, expertise and culture.

The National Tree Collections of Scotland was officially launched in June 2011 with seven participating sites and has since grown to include several more, and is still being approached by the friends, owners and managers of potential sites interested in joining.


Sites which express an interest in joining are assessed against some basic criteria. The initiative aims to be as inclusive as possible and wants the network of sites to evolve to show the extraordinary diversity of tree collections found within Scotland.


The initiative is overseen by a steering group of experts drawn from Forestry Commission Scotland, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the Royal Scottish Forestry Society and the National Trust for Scotland, and in the spirit of inclusiveness we welcome further experts from the broad range of supporting organisations to attend meetings as guests.


If you own or manage a tree collection and are interested in becoming a member of the National Tree Collections of Scotland, please contact us.

Multi stemmed Douglas fir

Multi stemmed Douglas fir (Pseudostuga menziesii) planted Dawyck 1834


Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)

Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)