Tree spirit in Capital visit

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VISITORS to Princes Street Gardens and the Botanics may not be able to believe their eyes today as the spirit of the Ghillie Dhu arrives in Edinburgh.

The Ghillie Dhu, which in Scottish folklore is the guardian spirit of the trees, will be encouraging the Capital’s residents to cast their vote on what should be named Scotland’s National Tree.

James McDougall of Forestry Commission Scotland said: “The Ghillie Dhu is magical and mysterious guardian spirit of the trees. He’s full of surprises as sometimes he’s happy to stay still and sometimes he likes to shuffle around slowly. He’s very friendly though and enjoys getting his photo taken.

“We’ve enlisted his help during National Tree Week to get the message out that everyone has an opportunity to choose a tree for Scotland.”