Breakfast Reception and Ceremonial Tree Planting at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Two threatened tree varieties will be planted with the Arran Whitebeam representing Scotland and the Rock Chestnut Oak representing the United States on Thursday 3rd March 2011.

These trees will be planted as part of the Trees4TwoNations initiative and represent the deep historical and cultural roots, as well as friendship between the people of Scotland and the United States of America.  The purpose of the initiative is to bring about positive change in areas such as ‘environmental understanding and co-operation’ through a collaborative process.   In light of climate change, now more than ever, nations need to work together to try and tackle the environmental and social issues ahead of us for the benefit of future generations.

The Trees4TwoNations initiative also aims to build relationships on a social, cultural and commercial level and has attracted the interest and support of the Scottish Government.  At a time when building relationships abroad are more important than ever when it comes to exports and trade the project has been given the seal of approval by guest of honour The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead.  Richard will be joined by the US Consul General, Dana Linnet for the planting.

The idea to link cities in the US and Scotland in this way, came from a chance meeting and subsequent friendship between a Scotsman, Angus Crabbie, and a native of Tennessee with some obvious Scottish roots, Rob Roy McGregor.  The linking of Knoxville, Tennessee with Edinburgh is very much seen as the start of the journey.

Angus comments: “The support that we are attracting for this initiative is quite something.  We now have a strong team of supporters including Congressman for Tennessee, John Duncan and Robin Naysmith, Scottish Government Counsellor for North America.  We hope to quickly build the network to include more cities – with Glasgow and Chicago next on the list”.

The Edinburgh launch takes place on Thursday 3rd March 8am until 10am.  Event sponsors include:  Trees4Scotland, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the Scottish Government and Chivas Brothers.

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