Tree resources

Our tree resources, or 'treesources', are useful guides to identifying trees in the forest and how trees feature in Scottish folklore and oral traditions.

Name that tree

Do you know an ash from a rowan tree? The tree name trail site is a useful reference in identifying different trees on your forest walks.

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An easy guide to forest trees and their uses (PDF 3.14MB) brochure is available to download or to order from the Forestry Commission’s publications team. It’s also available in Gaelic (PDF 4.24MB).

Tree tales

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Learn about the Lady of the Woods, the silver birch, and why she wants to dance, and how the ash tree came to be the Tree of Life. The children’s book Tree Stories, written by Claire Hewitt, chronicles 12 tree stories, one for each month of the year, with background facts on each tree and its folklore. Tree Stories is available in English and Gaelic.

Tree talk

Did you know the Gaelic alphabet is based on trees?

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Our Gaelic alphabet poster illustrates the 18 letters of the Gaelic alphabet and how each letter relates to a tree.

The ABC Gaelic poem poster also eloquently links tree names and the Gaelic alphabet through prose. An English translation of the poem is available for download.

Tree activities

Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland’s activity postcards have ideas to get you started for learning in the forests. You can learn about the life cycle of a tree through tree seeds such as acorns, beech seeds and conkers as well as why woodlands are valuable.

How to get copies of resources

All resources are available for free download from Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland. Any of our resources with a stock code are available as hard copies from Forestry Commission Publications.