In our fast-moving and ever-changing world, they represent continuity and permanence — so it's perhaps no surprise that we invest so much affection in our favourite trees and feel such sadness when they finally bow to old age.
With all 129 seats now decided, here is how the votes tallied up in Tayside and Fife. The list ends with those who will go to Holyrood as region MSPs in Mid Scotland and Fife, and North East Scotland.
Roads were closed, staff evacuated and children at local schools kept indoors after a gas leak at the Ineos plant in Grangemouth on Tuesday.
Hundreds of Dundee pupils have been introduced to the wonder of orchestra music at the official launch of the Big Noise project in Douglas.
Perth city centre was last year rocked by the sudden closure of independent department store McEwens of Perth.
Drivers are used to occasional disruptions on the Tay Road Bridge — but this one really takes some beaking.
Just when you thought 2016 couldn’t get any worse, Dictionary.com has named its word of the year as “xenophobia”. It really is the depressing icing on top of the cake.
The last thing current students want to see is another exam paper.
The SNP were the big winners in Glenrothes West and Kinglassie as both Julie Ford and Craig Walker were elected to the council.
Cupar is the historic county town of Fife and residents are proud of its heritage and place at the heart of North-East Fife’s agricultural industry.