The Ardchattan Centre added to The Queen’s Green Canopy during the Jubilee weekend by planting a Scots Pine tree. The planters were one of the community’s oldest residents, Mr Jimmy Sinclair and one of the younger ones, Phoebe Lavis-Jones. The planting team were assisted by Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Andrew Campbell. After the customary “3 cheers for Her Majesty the Queen” the residents present enjoyed wine, pink lemonade and red, white and blue themed home baking.
The tree had been grown from seed collected from one of Argyll’s ancient pine woods by the late Dr Donald McVean, a distinguished botanist who latterly lived at Eredine, by Loch Awe. The tree is a living link with Argyll and Bute’s outstanding natural heritage as well as marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and hopefully providing a living reminder for the next few hundred years. The tree also celebrates the Ardchattan Centre’s role as a venue for community events.