The Woodland Trust’s competition for ‘Tree of the Year 2016’ has just begun, with the trust inviting members of the public to nominate their favourite trees.
Nominations are open to any living tree in the UK and any individual, group or organisation can enter their chosen nomination until midnight on Friday 29 July. The winning nominations from previous years will be excluded from this year’s competition.
An independent panel of experts in each of the four countries will choose a shortlist from the entries submitted and the winners in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be decided by a public vote between 19 September and 9 October 2016. Each winner will go on to the European Tree of the Year competition, organised by the Environmental Partnership Association.
Jill Butler, Woodland Trust ancient tree specialist, gave some insight into what the judging panel was looking for.
“We’re looking for a tree with a story, legend, historical significance, or one which is a local landmark,” she said.
This year, each region’s winning nomination will also get a £1,000 LC pamper package from The Woodland Trust. The package – carefully tailored to the individual – might assist pruning, weeding, fencing or professional management advice.
Shortlisted trees with over 1,000 votes will also receive £500 worth of care.
Any individual, group or organisation can enter through the Woodland Trust’s website until Friday July 29.