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Bannockburn battle site trees felled in storm

Felled tree at Bannockburn Battle site
The trees were planted to evoke the landscape of the 14th Century battle

An operation to replace 25 trees that were felled at Bannockburn's historic battle site in last week's storm is being mounted.

The National Trust for Scotland said the winds, which reached 114 mph, caused significant damage to the area.

The organisation said trees at the site played an important role in evoking the landscape of the 14th Century battle.

The site, near Stirling, marks the 1314 victory of Robert the Bruce in the Wars of Independence.

Property manager Scott McMaster said: "This loss is very regrettable and we are already working to clear up the fallen trees and ensure that the public can access the grounds safely.

"Trees are an important part of the landscape at Bannockburn, playing an important role in Bruce's tactical plan which overcame Edward II and his army.

"We are already making plans to ensure that these trees are replaced."

The National Trust for Scotland said trees that were recently planted as part of a £5m project to revamp the visitor experience at the centre were undamaged in the storm.

It said the planting was designed to create an area similar to the landscape at the time of the battle and to frame views to Stirling Castle.

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