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Supporting rural economy at Christmas

Published: 2 Dec 2016 09:36

Scottish Christmas trees delivered to Bute House.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has encouraged people to support Scotland’s rural economy by buying home grown Christmas trees this year.

 

Two Norway spruce trees, grown by Highfield Forestry in Beauly, were delivered to the First Minister’s official residence, Bute House.

 

The First Minister said:

 

“The forestry industry is vital to Scotland’s rural economy – contributing £1 billion and supporting 25,000 jobs. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the continued growth of the sector so I’m delighted to have home grown trees in Bute House again this Christmas. It would be fantastic if as many people as possible bought a Scottish grown tree this Christmas.”

 

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of Confor: Promoting Forestry and Wood, said:

 

"Confor is delighted to supply these Christmas trees for the First Minister’s residence at Bute House. Christmas trees are an important seasonal part of Scotland’s rural economy. Scotland’s forests also provide homes for wildlife, places for recreation and help reduce the impact of climate change and flooding.

 

"We want to see the forestry and wood processing sector grow to become a £2 billion industry in the 2020s and employ many thousands more people. To achieve that, it is important that the sector continues to work positively with the Scottish Government and publicises how important forests are to Scotland."

 

Iain Peddie, Director of Highfield Forestry, said:

 

"It's an honour for our small business to have been asked to supply these Scottish-grown trees to Bute House. It's a busy time of year for Highfield as we supply around 5,000 Christmas trees from three sites – one at Soutra, south of Edinburgh and two in the Highlands." 

 

Background

 

Confor: Promoting Forestry and Wood is a trade body representing 800 businesses in Scotland (and 1600 in total in the UK) across the whole supply chain – from tree nurseries to sawmillers. Highfield Forestry is a member of Confor.

 

Highfield Forestry is an independent forestry management and contracting business based in Perth with a subsidiary office in Biggar, South Lanarkshire.