The search is on to find the country’s most prestigious tree, with the Woodland Trust asking people across Surrey to find a contender to become the English Tree of the Year.
The overall winner will then compete in the European Tree of the Year competition.
More than 2,400 trees across Surrey are recorded in the trust’s ancient tree inventory, with Mole Valley featuring several ancient woodlands.
The nominated tree need not be ancient – a favourite tree of any age, size or species can be put forward, so long as it is located in England.
Whether it has a personal connection, a link to a significant date in history, a link to a historical figure, or for any other reason; all are eligible.
The trust hopes the competition will be a platform for individual trees to be given greater protection and support, as many remain at risk from development, disease and vandalism.
Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight said: “Many trees that we take for granted in our everyday lives have stood the test of time and have so many stories to tell.
“We want people to give these cherished trees the recognition they deserve by nominating them in this contest.
“This could be the first step towards providing these trees and the woods they inhabit with far greater protection to ensure they have a chance of standing long into the future.”
To find out more, visit woodlandtrust.org.uk