The Woodland Trust is searching for the most loved, visually stunning tree, with the most fascinating story, for Tree of the Year 2019.
Now in its sixth year, Tree of the Year highlights and celebrates special trees across the UK. A tree may be a village’s oldest inhabitant, a founding figure in a region’s identity, or a landmark in the nation’s story.
Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear/ from 7 May 2019 until 19 July 2019. The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing a public vote.
Last year’s English winner, Nellie’s Tree – three beech trees grafted together into the shape of the letter ‘N’ – from Aberford near Leeds, stole hearts with its century-old story of love and courtship. Nellie’s Tree went on to represent the UK in the European contest based in Brussels.
Lead campaigner at the Woodland Trust, Kaye Brennan, said:
“Tree of the Year has helped discover lots of amazing trees – but nothing so far that could beat the best in the European contest. We know that we have some of the most incredible trees in the world – but we need the public’s support to find them, and vote for a winner.
“You can also share your special trees on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #TreeOfTheYear.”
Shortlisted trees could potentially be eligible for up to £1,000 of tree care products and services to help secure their future and celebrate their importance, thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The winner of Tree of the Year 2019 will represent the UK in the battle for European Tree of the Year in early 2020.