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California’s tree cheers for Dunbar naturalist

The tree planting ceremony in Muir Woods.

The tree planting ceremony in Muir Woods.

A Scottish tree has been planted in California in honour of John Muir, the world-famous Dunbar naturalist and father of National Parks in the USA.

VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay and Humza Yousaf MSP, the minister for external affairs and international development, attended a tree-planting ceremony and plaque unveiling at the Muir Woods in Martinez.

The event, part of Scotland Week celebrations, marked the growing and strengthening relationships between Scotland and California as well as commemorating the 100th anniversary of Muir’s death.

On Monday (April 21), First Minister Alex Salmond will open the John Muir Way, a 215-kilometre route from Dunbar to Helensburgh, linking the naturalist’s childhood in East Lothian to the west coast, where Muir set sail for a new life in the US.

For full story, see this week’s East Lothian News.

 

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