Now in its sixth year, our annual Tree of the Year competition calls for you to nominate your favourite tree. As well as the coveted Tree of the Year trophy, trees can win a care award of up to £1,000 for tree care products and services.
We want to share their amazing stories and raise awareness of our fantastic trees and how valuable they are.
Tree care awards
Tree care awards help to protect, support and celebrate your special tree. They can be used for a variety of activities, including:
- tree surveys or professional management advice
- work like pruning, fencing, mulching for root protection, and managing competing vegetation
- interpretive or educational materials, signage or digital information to tell your tree's story
- community engagement activities to help support and protect the tree.
Owners of the land these special trees grow on should already get funding and guidance for looking after them. Unfortunately, this often isn't the case. The award therefore helps to protect our oldest and most important trees for future generations - one of the Tree Charter's ten principles. The charter sets out the modern day relationship between people and trees and a vision for a future where we can be stronger together.
The care awards are possible thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery which supports the competition again this year.
Preserving a special tree in the Lake District
We asked award winners from recent years about how they used their award.
In 2017, the competition celebrated The Courageous Tree - an ash at Coniston Water that inspired a Cumbrian woman to battle illness.