Last year’s Tree of the Year winner in Wales, the Pwllpriddog Oak, is receiving a £1,000 Tree Care Grant. Nerys Jones, the owner of the tree said: “It’s a huge privilege to be the owner and guardian of a tree like this, a real piece history, and taking part in the competition has been a great experience for all involved. It’s been a brilliant way to promote our village on the tourist map.
"Through the competition, our tree has won a £1,000 Tree Care Award. We will be using this to create a legacy. The village Summer Party, run by the Rhandirmwyn and District Community Association, will celebrate our tree winning the competition with children in a ‘tree fancy dress’, and a fun game hunting the ‘golden acorns’ to receive their own potted oak tree plant for planting out in a place of their choice to see it grow, as they themselves grow. Furthermore at the Rhandirmwyn Show there will be a competition to paint the tree, where special prizes from the Woodland Trust grant will be given as special prizes.
"In addition, an arboriculturalist has come to look at the tree to make recommendations on its future care. All in all, I would thoroughly recommend the competition to others. It’s been great for us. Why don’t you have a go?”
The winner of Tree of the Year 2019 will represent the UK in the battle for European Tree of the Year in early 2020."
Notes for editors:
The winners of the 2018 competition around the UK were:
Wales: Pwllpriddog Oak, Rhandirmwyn, Carmarthenshire
Northern Ireland: The Giant Sequoia, Castlewellan Forest Park, County Down
England: Nellie’s Tree, Aberford, Leeds
Scotland: Netty’s Tree, Eriskay, Outer Hebrides
Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife. The Trust has three key aims: i) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable, ii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life, iii) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 22,500 hectares. These include over 100 sites in Wales, with a total area of 2,897 hectares (7,155 acres). It offers free public access to nearly all of its sites. The Trust’s Welsh language name, “Coed Cadw”, is an old Welsh term, used in medieval laws to describe protected or preserved woodland.
Charter for Trees, Woods and People
The Tree of the Year competition is run in support of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People – an initiative that sets out 10 tree principles to embed in our society for a future where people and trees are stronger together. Find out more and voice your support at treecharter.uk
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