Dibble Tree preserved for the future

The Dibble Tree, Carnoustie
The Dibble Tree, Carnoustie

Carnoustie Community Council has welcomed Angus Council’s move to protect one of the town’s most iconic landmarks.

The centuries old Dibble Tree on Ferrier Street was recently the subject of a decision bythe council to confer a preservation order to safeguard its future.

The Dibble Tree, Carnoustie

The Dibble Tree, Carnoustie

The Angus Council (The Dibble Tree, Ferrier Street, Carnoustie) Tree Preservation Order 2015 No.1 actually came into effect on June 23, but on Tuesday, August 25, the order was confirmed by councillors.

Tree works adjacent to the Dibble Tree had raised concerns of damage, prompting the order, which states: “Development that would result in the loss of or damage to ancient or semi-natural woodlands will not be permitted.

“Tree Preservation Orders will be promoted to protect groups of trees or individual significant trees of importance to the amenity of a surrounding area where such trees and woodland are under threat.”

Jim Simpson, secretary of Carnoustie Community Council , said he was pleased with the decision: “The story of the Dibble Tree is inextricably linked to the history of Carnoustie itself and the town has sprung up around it over the past two centuries.

“We are glad to see that the Dibble Tree is getting the recognition it deserves and that Angus Council is taking steps to ensure that it remains at the heart of the town for many years to come.”

As the story goes, the Dibble Tree, a crack willow (Salix fragilis), was accidentally planted by one Thomas Lowson (Tammas Lousen) a shipwright, weaver and salmon fisher, who left his planting ‘dibble’ in the ground in the late 1790s.

After it took root he settled there and Carnoustie as it stands today grew up around them, first as a centre for linen weaving, then as a seaside attraction and latterly a world class golfing destination.

The home of Carnoustie Theatre Club, the Dibble Tree Theatre, also takes its name from the tree, which stands at the rear of the premises.

In 1997, a plaque was erected at the site to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Dibble tree’s ‘planting’.