Rory Powell, countryside ranger for Bowhill House and Country Estate, handed out an impressive 1,000 trees to visitors at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.
The silver birch and rowan trees – donated by Alba Trees – were given out to visitors by the forest nursery and representatives from each of the Buccleuch Estates in Scotland (Bowhill House and Country Estate, Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, and Dalkeith Country Park).
It is estimated the trees will lock up approximately 150 tonnes of carbon over the next 40 years, which is equivalent to 1.2 million car miles or 75 flights from Edinburgh to Las Vegas.
Visitors flocked to the stand to pick up their free tree, and were invited to mark on a UK map where each of the trees would be planted – by the end of the giveaway it showed they would be spread across the whole of the UK and even further afield.
Those who dropped by the stand also had the chance to find out more about each of the stunning estates and younger visitors enjoyed finding out about the wildlife that inhabits them.
Some of the braver youngsters even took part in an “owl pellet dissection” workshop.
Rory said: “It was lovely to have met so many visitors across the weekend who appreciated how much trees matter to our environment.
“The 1,000 trees will help minimise our carbon footprint and encourage new wildlife, so is a really positive step.
“It was great to see so many people of all ages using the map to highlight where each tree will grow and we were encouraged by everyone’s enthusiasm.
“The Royal Highland Show was a brilliant opportunity to showcase Bowhill and all it has to offer.”
He went on: “We had an excellent response from visitors, so we look forward to welcoming them to the country estate in the near future.”
For more information about Bowhill House and Country Estate, visit www.bowhillhouse.co.uk.