AN oak planted by Dunfermline's most famous son is the one to root for in Scotland's Tree of the Year award.

Planted in 1904 by the famous industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, this sturdy oak can be found in Pittencrieff Park.

As a boy, Carnegie lived within a stone’s throw of the Glen.

Emigrating to the United States in 1848 he went on to become one of the richest men in the world. After retiring from business Andrew began to distribute his wealth among causes close to his heart including libraries, universities and the Peace Palace at The Hague.

Of all his gifts he described giving Pittencrieff Glen to the people of Dunfermline as, "the most soul-satisfying public gift I ever made, or ever can make, to the people of Dunfermline forever. This is the crowning mercy of my career! I set it apart from all my other public gifts."

The competition run by The Woodland Trust celebrates the country's best loved trees.

Following public nominations earlier in the year, a panel of judges have chosen the six finalists now going to the public vote.

Joining the Carnegie Oak are: The Beauly Sycamore, Beauly; 'The Big Tree', Orkney; David McCabe's Spruce, Crieff; The Greenock Cut Oak, Inverclyde; and The Old Holly Bush, Castle Fraser, Abderdeenshire.

Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the shortlisted trees are also in with a chance of winning a £1,000 care package. The award can be used to arrange an expert health check, provide information boards or educational materials, or hold a celebratory event in honour of the tree.

Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust chief executive said: "Once again the public have nominated many fantastic examples of trees with truly inspirational stories, which highlight how intrinsic trees are in peoples’ lives. It’s a reminder of why we need to care for individual trees and that they still need true protection in law from development or mismanagement."

Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery added: "We are delighted that with our players’ support, the Woodland Trust is able to provide this opportunity for communities all over Britain to celebrate and care for their fantastic trees."

Trees of the Year are being voted in for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

One will be chosen as the UK winner to go forward to the European competition.

Voting opened on Monday.

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