Media Release: A Tree-rific result for green fingered expert

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TOM Christian, a leading expert on the conservation of trees, has been recognised with an award from the Arboricultural Association’s Scottish Branch.

Tom, project officer of the National Tree Collections of Scotland and The iCONic Project, was presented with the 2014 Ken Martin Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding services to arboriculture.

The award, inaugurated in 1998 in memory of Arboricultural Association committee member Ken Martin, is a tree-rific accolade for Tom who is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of tree conservation across the globe.

With his roots in Perthshire, Tom has travelled the world to save some of the planet’s most threatened trees from extinction in his role at The iCONic Project.

Through the National Tree Collections of Scotland, Tom has led the project to bring together the very best of Scotland’s tree collections to protect and futureproof this part of Scotland’s cultural heritage, as well as raise public awareness.

Tom commented:

“It is a real privilege to have been honoured with the 2014 Ken Martin Memorial Award by the Arboricultural Association. I have worked closely with the Scottish Branch and greatly admire the work they do to raise awareness of tree conservation and the study of arboriculture, so to receive this award from such an expert and dedicated group of people is a real honour, and an equally proud accolade for the projects I’m lucky enough to work on.”

With a lifelong passion for all things green, this award is the latest in a long line of successes for Tom who developed his love for horticulture at Breadalbane Academy and then, more specifically, arboriculture when he realised his passion for the world of trees while visiting Murthly Estate in Perthshire.

Tom continued:

“Growing up in Perthshire you cannot help but be enthralled by our trees and woodlands, places like the Hermitage and the Black Wood of Rannoch are magical, very Tolkeinesque. It is fantastic to be working so much in Perthshire now both through the iCONic Project and the National Tree Collections of Scotland to help highlight this heritage and to protect it for the future.”

To find out more about Tom’s work with The iCONic Project visit or for further information about the National Tree Collection of Scotland go to


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Award presentation at Doune Rural Hall with Karen Martin, CEO at Arboricultural Association and Tom Christian, project officer.

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