Trees in Pittencrieff Park

Throughout Pittencrieff Park there are a huge number of individual trees and a variety of species.
You can pick up a printed copy of the leaflet that details recommended walking routes and points of interest. They are available from the Cafe, Pittencrieff House Museum and the Glasshouses. You can also print off your own copy, from the link at the bottom of this page.

Native Trees

These are trees that can be found growing naturally throughout Pittencrieff Park. They are particularly beneficial to other species as they provide food, water and shelter for lichens, fungi, insects, birds and other animals.
Within the park there are many examples of native trees such as:

  • Oak
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Ash
  • Silver Birch
  • Beech
  • Scots Pine
  • Holly

Specimen or Ornamental Tress

These are tree species that have been planted here in the park having been chosen because of their unusual or awe-inspiring properties.
Examples planted throughout Pittencrieff Park include:

The Giant Redwood of California (Wellingtonia sequoiadendron giganteum):

  • can grow up to 85 metres tall and be 8 metres wide
  • the oldest known living specimen was estimated to be around 3,500 years
  • the only naturally occurring population in the world is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.

The Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana):

  • is an evergreen species
  • it is native to Chile and Argentina and is an endangered species
  • the name ‘Monkey Puzzle’ reportedly comes from a chance remark when it was first planted in Britain that, “…it would take a monkey to climb that..”

Special Trees

Some trees have been planted to commemorate people associated with the park or that have visited the park in the past, including:

  • the Oak planted by Andrew Carnegie himself during a 1909 visit
  • HRH The Princess Royal planted an Oak tree in Pittencrieff Park to celebrate 100 years of the Carnegie UK Trust in 2013
  • many other trees throughout the park that have been planted by local groups or planted in memory of people who enjoyed visiting the park during their lifetime.

“Apples and Pears for Your Heirs”

  • 10 Apple trees and 2 Pear trees planted by the Friends of Pittencrieff Park, local lawyers (who funded the project) and local school children in November 2012
  • maintaining and enhancing the orchard will continue to be carried out by the Friends of Pittencrieff Park with further activities and events planned for the future
  • in 2016, more fruit trees and shrubs were added with the help of local school children

Woodland Wildlife

The variety of species within the park is great which in turn promotes and assists a mixture of plant, insect, bird and animal species:

  • roots maintain and stabilise soils systems while also helping to extract and store water from underground sources
  • fungi are often associated with trees and specifically their roots because they attach themselves to the network of roots to make better use of the nutrients in the surrounding soils
  • the tree trunk and canopy will be home to various insects, birds and sometimes other animals such as frogs and squirrels because it can provide shelter and shade
  • many species are dependent on trees for food – everything from the leaves, sap and bark to the fruits and seeds produced seasonally
  • with so many species associated with woodland habitats it is inevitable that larger predators that feed on insects, amphibians, birds and animals will also be present.

Did you know? A mature Oak tree can support more than 400 other species!

Future Plans

Maintain a healthy tree population:

  • Ongoing monitoring of the tree population within Pittencrieff Park
  • Management of trees and woodland to promote growth of new trees and vary the age structure of the tree population
  • Plant native trees in suitable areas of the park.

Encourage greater appreciation of trees within Pittencrieff Park:

  • Provide educational opportunities and interpretive resources and activities for the local community and all park users
  • Organise tree planting activities for community groups and members of the public.