The first phase of a tree planting programme has been completed at the new Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium.

Working in conjunction with local charity Eadha Enterprises, 1,000 native and rare species have been planted around the perimeter of the facility. Among the species planted are the endangered Arran Whitebeam – one of the rarest trees in the world.

The aim is to plant at least 3,000 trees over the next couple of years as part of the Local and UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

Jeremy Hamilton from the Clyde Coast and Garnock Crematorium said: “We are very excited about this important native and rare species tree planting project at our new and beautiful crematorium.

“We are particularly thankful to have been given the opportunity by Henry Murdo to plant a small number of Arran Whitebeam across the grounds of the facility.

“The Arran Whitebeam is one of the most endangered trees on earth, and we have wonderful views from our panoramic feature window out and across to Arran, and it feels very fitting that we have been able to plant a number of these beautiful and rare trees within the grounds of our new facility, alongside a whole host of other hardy, native tree species.”