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How can a Christmas tree help us to conserve Culloden Battlefield?

By Andrew Dixon

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Trees are being sold to help work at Culloden Battlefield.
Trees are being sold to help work at Culloden Battlefield.

If you haven't already got a Christmas tree, there may be an opportunity to purchase one and help protect a local heritage site.

The National Trust for Scotland, which operates Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, is selling felled trees with the money going towards Culloden’s Fighting Fund, a fundraiser set up to protect the site from threat of development.

A spokesman for the attraction said: "As part of our continuous fight to protect Culloden, our estate team have been cutting down non-native Sitka Spruce trees: a non-native invasive species capable of covering vast areas and outcompeting native species. If left unchecked, our important moorland would become replaced by a monoculture of spruce trees, so it is important to have them removed as soon as possible.

"So, with the festive season, why not contribute to protecting the battlefield by buying one of our spruces to use as a Christmas tree? All proceeds go directly into the Culloden's Fighting Fund."

The trees measure from 3ft to 6ft tall and cost from £25-£35.

Over the weekend the venue held Community Thank You events, welcoming just over 1000 people – in person and online.

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