The European Tree of the Year contest doesn’t focus on the size, age or aesthetics of a tree. Instead it focuses on the resonance a tree has with people - how they hold it in their hearts, the story behind it and the connection it has to a wider community.
The Gilwell Oak, our splendid entry in this year’s competition, means a lot of things to a lot of people because of its connection to the Scout Association, and we would love you to cast your vote in the hope it takes top spot.
Voting is open now
Run by the Environmental Partnership Association, the voting mechanism for European Tree of the Year is straightforward – the tree with the most public votes at the end of February will win.
Visitors to the competition website will be able to see how many votes each of the 13 entries has amassed until a week before the voting deadline, when the race to the finish becomes secret until a ceremony in March.
Choosing the UK entry
The Gilwell Oak was chosen as the UK entry by our panel of experts after a public vote, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, declared it to be England’s Tree of the Year.