Cathedral of Trees branches out to make more space

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?


Subscribe Now

Glencruitten’s Cathedral of Trees is looking for more Facebook friends to help it put down roots to become more accessible to visitors.

Around £10,000 is needed to create a pathway around the feature for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.

The plan would broaden the use of the spot, not far from Oban town centre and just a five minute walk from Glencruitten House car park, that saw its popularity boom during lockdown with people seeking out nature.

The scheme would also see more spaces open up to be explored.

Funding bids are going in, resources from well-wishers are helping keep down the overall cost, but more likes on the Cathedral of Trees’ Facebook page would help secure more backing from grant givers, says the project’s Nicola Moll.

If bids are successful, work to open up a wider footpath with a viewpoint could start as early as next spring, she added.

The Cathedral of Trees, the only living tree church in Scotland, was created by Alexander Mackay in 1921 and although currently in the process of being restored, is open to the public daily.

So far its Facebook page has almost 600 likes. You can find it at

Caption: Glencruitten Cathedral of Trees.