Our Welsh entry in European Tree of the Year, the Brimmon Oak has finished in 2nd place, our best ever finish! The tree was only 1,394 votes behind the winner, 'Oak Jozef', the Polish entry.
The results were revealed overnight at the awards ceremony in Brussels. To mark the announcement we are also launching a renewed call for better protection for our ‘ancients’ (trees and woods).
The full results are:
- 1st - Oak Jósef, Poland – 17,597 votes
- 2nd - Brimmon Oak, Wales – 16,203 votes
- 3rd - The Lime Tree at Lipka, Czech Republic – 14,813 votes
- 5th - Sycamore Gap tree, England – 7,123 votes
- 6th - Holm Oak, Northern Ireland – 7,101 votes
- 8th - Ding Dong Tree, Scotland – 6,327 votes
Our 'save our ancients' campaign follows Government proposals in the recent housing white paper to add ancient woodland and aged and veteran trees to the current list of policies that restrict development in England. Without amends to the relevant planning policy the proposals will count for nothing.
Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust chief executive, said:
“The UK is rightly renowned for having some of the best examples of ancient trees in Europe, so it’s good to see them finally achieving recognition in the competition.
“There is now an opportunity to secure better protection for them following the publication of the housing white paper and we need the public to help us make it happen.”
Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery added:
“We are so pleased that players of People’s Postcode Lottery have been able to support the trees in the competition. It has been great to raise awareness of so many special trees and the affection people have for them. Massive congratulations to the Welsh entry for doing so brilliantly well!”
The British entries in European Tree of the Year have also all benefited from a care grant funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, which will pay for arboricultural assessments, interpretation or even a celebratory event. We will launch the search for the next Tree of the Year this summer.