Dunipace King Tree branches out in award bid

The ancient King Tree in Dunipace
The ancient King Tree in Dunipace

It’s been growing for more than three centuries and witnessed Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army pass by twice.

Now the King Tree in Dunipace is in the running to be named Scotland’s best loved tree.

The sweet chestnut, one of the oldest in the UK, has been nominated by Denny and Dunipace Heritage Society for a competition organised by The Woodland Trust Scotland.

A shortlist of six entries will be chosen on July 16 by a panel of judges, with a winner selected by public vote in September.

Comedian and broadcaster Fred MacAulay, who is supporting the competition, said: “Virtually every community has a tree that is dear to them.

‘‘Many of these trees are hundreds of years old and provide homes for other plants and animals.

“Celebrating what trees mean to people makes it easier to value and protect them for the future.”

The King Tree can be found in appropriately-named Chestnut Crescent in Dunipace, which was once part of the estate belonging to Herbertshire Castle, which was destroyed by fire in 1914.