A Scottish tree has been planted in California, in honour of John Muir, the world-renowned Scottish-born naturalist from Dunbar.
VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay and Minister for External Affairs and International Development, Humza Yousaf, attended the tree planting ceremony and plaque unveiling at the Muir Woods in Martinez, California, to commemorate the Scottish-born ‘Father of the National Parks’, John Muir.
The event was part of Scotland Week, an annual celebration in North America of the best in Scottish theatre, art, music and design, and commemorates the great naturalist 100 years after his death, acknowledging strengthening relations between Scotland and California.
Dunbar’s John Muir is widely regarded as the ‘Father of the National Parks’ and the John Muir Festival (April 17 – 26) is one of the biggest ever celebrations of the Scottish outdoors - a key event in the Year of Homecoming Scotland. It includes the opening of the John Muir Way from Dunbar to Helensburgh, echoing John Muir’s journey growing up in on the east coast before travelling to the west coast and setting sail for life in America.
Following the tree planting ceremony in California, Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland said: “We were delighted to be a part of the Scottish tree planting and plaque unveiling in the magnificent Muir Woods.
External Affairs Minister, Humza Yousaf, added: “We look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible from California to Scotland to take part in the year of Homecoming and to experience the John Muir Way.
“Planting a tree in the Muir Woods is a fitting tribute to a man who worked so tirelessly to encourage his fellow people to protect the natural environment around them.”
Richard Davison of Scottish Natural Heritage, commented: “This project, involving partners in California and Scotland, provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of John Muir and his legacy.
“To reinforce this partnership, Scottish Natural Heritage welcomes the unveiling of this stone plaque in Martinez and a similar one in Dunbar later which helps to provide a permanent link between the two locations.”