A Surrey-based oak tree which Queen Elizabeth I is said to have picnicked under, a 30-metre elm in London’s Marylebone High Street which was one of few to survive World War II bombing, and a Hackney Plane facing the chop are three of ten contenders for this year’s Tree of the Year England title.
The Woodland Trust’s annual competition, now in its seventh year, throws the spotlight on the nation‘s best trees to help drive up interest in their value and protection.
Whittled down from hundreds of nominations sent in by the general public during lockdown, a shortlist of ten trees is now up for the public vote.
The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year competition runs in England, Scotland and Wales. Each country, thanks to the public vote, will have its own champion. Just one of the three national winners will be selected to represent the UK in the 2021 European Tree of the Year contest.
Darren Moorcroft, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, said: “We had more than double the number of trees nominated by members of the public this spring compared to past years. This is perhaps no surprise given that lockdown had so many of us slowing down and taking more note of nature on our doorsteps, a boost for our mental health and wellbeing.
“At a time when we’re fighting both a climate and nature crisis, it is undeniable that trees are needed now more than ever. They are nature’s most powerful weapon in this fight. This competition is a very simple way to show that people do care about trees, so please visit our website and vote for your favourite!”
The process is simple – the tree with the most votes wins. As well as putting the nation’s best trees on the map, the awards – supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery – offer a £1,000 tree care award for each winning tree.
Anyone who would like to cast their vote for Tree of the Year can do so online via the Woodland Trust’s website. Voting closes at noon on 24 September 2020.
Image Credit: The Crouch Oak Tree, Addlestone/Chertsey History
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.