World Forest Day
Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees for the benefit of current and future generations.
Today, forests cover more than 30% of the world's land and contain more than 60,000 tree species, many as of yet unidentified.
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan was inspired by the colours of leaves, moss and mushrooms on the forest floor.
In literature, enchanted forests are described in the oldest of folklore. They represent the unknown, places of liminality and transformation. Indeed, in many of folk and fairy tales, the hero or heroine's journey often leads into the forest.
Hansel and Gretel meet with a sinister witch in the forest; Vasilissa the Beautiful encounters Baba Yaga herself; and Molly Whuppie and her sisters run into a giant.
For a reading of a Highland version of a forest-centered fairy tale Molly Whuppie, (Maol A Chliobain) click the picture of moss and mushrooms.