December is always an exciting time for us here at the Trust. It’s when we announce who has won our Tree of the Year accolade. More than 14,500 votes were cast in a public vote to decide the four country winners and we are thrilled to reveal this year’s victors are:
England: The Gilwell Oak, Epping
Northern Ireland: The Erskine House Tree, Belfast
Scotland: The Big Tree, Kirkwall, Orkney
Wales: The Hollow Tree, Gnoll Country Park, Neath Port Talbot
As winners of our contest, which is generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the trees will benefit from a £1,000 tree care award. The money can be used to arrange a health check from an arboriculturalist, provide interpretation or educational materials or simply just hold a celebratory event in honour of the tree.
A panel of experts crowned the Gilwell Oak the overall UK winner meaning it will now go forward to the European Tree of the Year competition in early 2018.