Suffragette Oak is Scotland's Tree of the Year
An oak tree planted in 1918 as a tribute to the struggle faced by suffragettes has won Scottish Tree of the Year.
The Suffragette Oak in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park won a public vote from six trees shortlisted in the contest, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Suffrage organisations planted the oak on 20 April 1918 to mark women being granted the right to vote earlier that year.
The tree was championed by Glasgow Women’s Library, who were presented with the Scottish Tree of the Year trophy last night.
The presentation was made by broadcaster Euan McIlwraith at a reception celebrating all the finalists in the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Jim Hume MSP.
Wendy Kirk from Glasgow Women’s Library said:
“We’re thrilled that the Suffragette Oak has been chosen by the public to be Scotland’s Tree of the Year. This beautiful tree is part of the rich fabric of Glasgow's social and political history, and also women's history.
“Being part of the competition has been a fantastic and fun-filled opportunity to celebrate, champion and raise awareness of the world-changing achievements of women.
I'm sure that the suffragettes be delighted that a century later the tiny sapling they planted has become the Scottish Tree of the Year.”
European Tree of the Year
The Suffragette Oak will now go up against trees from 15 European countries to decide the 2016 European Tree of the Year. Voting in this competition takes place in February next year. The competition is organised by the Environmental Partnership Association.
The winners of the Tree of the Year competitions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be revealed in November.
Full results of Scottish Tree of the Year 2015
- First – Suffragette Oak, Kelvingrove, nominated by Glasgow Women’s Library
- Second – Benmore’s Giant Redwood, near Dunoon, nominated by Benmore Botanic Garden
- Third – The Clachan Oak, Balfron, nominated by Derek Townsend
- Fourth – Bibby Tree, Edinburgh. Nominated by Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
- Fifth – Birnam Oak, Perthshire. Nominated by Christene Leiper
- Sixth – Poker Tree, Aberfoyle. Nominated by Fergus Wood