NORTH Ayrshire sites are among gardens and woodlands across the country set to celebrate Scotland’s first ever tree festival.

The Scottish Tree Festival takes place until December 2 and comprises of more than 70 events nationwide.

Organised by national garden tourism group Discover Scottish Gardens and supported by VisitScotland, the festival will showcase beautiful, unusual, heritage, exotic and champion trees from across the country.

Blair Estate and Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park on Arran will be part of the new festival, each showcasing magnificent displays or hosting tree walks and activities for all the family.

Enjoy a unique glimpse into the historic private garden and parkland landscape of Blair Estate, rarely opened to the public, with magnificent trees planted in the 19th century, including giant redwoods and a ‘double’ lime avenue.

Meanwhile, during the October school holidays, Brodick Castle, Gardens and Country Park will host a series of brilliant family events inspired by the stunning colours of Autumn.

Gordon Smith, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “Autumn is often one of the most beautiful times of the year to discover Ayrshire and Arran, the area’s parks and woodlands transform from rich greens to glowing oranges and reds. It is no wonder that our natural heritage remains one of the main reasons people visit Scotland.

“This fantastic new festival provides a welcome boost for attractions and will help extend the tourism season beyond the busier summer months. It will also help raise awareness of stunning trees and gardens across the region.

“We are delighted to be working again with Discover Scottish Gardens, showcasing the rich assets, hidden gems and local stories across Scotland.”