Tree of the Year competition

Winning a Tree Care Award to celebrate and secure a better future for your tree.

The winning Tree of the Year in each country will win, subject to the eligibility criteria below, a £1000 Tree Care Award aimed at protecting, supporting and celebrating a better future for your special tree.

Trees which are shortlisted and are not successful in winning Tree of the Year for their country, will receive, subject to the eligibility criteria below, a £500 Tree Care Award.

A Tree Care Award could help cover the cost of necessary tree work such as:

  • Tree surveys or professional management advice
  • Tree work such as pruning, fencing, haloing, mulching for root protection and/or removal or management of competing vegetation

Or it could help prescribe a more prosperous future for your tree, e.g. by:

  • Providing interpretive or educational materials, signage or digital information that generates support for the tree
  • Enabling community engagement activities directly related to supporting and protecting the tree

The Woodland Trust will make a limited number of discretionary Arb Awards available to nominated trees that have the potential to benefit from professional Arboriculturist advice.

Competition terms and conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully before submitting your entry.

These Competition Terms and Conditions are subject to any other terms and conditions provided to you or to which you are referred at the time of entering the competition.

Should you have any doubt about these terms and conditions then please contact The Woodland Trust, Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL.

How to nominate a tree

  • It is free to nominate a tree
  • Your tree must be based in the UK
  • To enter you must complete the online entry form in full and be responsible for any costs of submitting your entry
  • You must ensure you have the relevant consent and permissions of the landowner, where the tree is situated, prior to the taking of any photograph and submission of your nomination.
  • In the event your nominated tree becomes eligible for a Tree Care Award, you must inform the WT how you intend to spend the award before 1 March 2019

Entry requirements

  • You must be a UK resident aged 18 or over
  • Entries are unlimited - you can nominate more than one tree
  • Employees of the Woodland Trust and their immediate families or persons connected with the competition and their immediate families, are not eligible to nominate a tree
  • Entries must be submitted electronically using the online entry form
  • Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification
  • Entries that are incomplete or illegible will not be valid and deemed void
  • All entries must be made directly by the person(s) nominating the tree

Start date and closing date

  • Nominations will open on the 19 June 2018
  • Nominations will close at 9.00am on 6 August 2018
  • No responsibility is accepted for entries which are for any reason not received electronically by close of the competition and no responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, damaged or affected by any technical fault or computer virus or owing to anything outside of the reasonable control of the Trust.

Eligibility for a Tree Care Award

  • To be eligible for a £1000 Tree Care Award, you must be the nominee of the Tree of the Year that secures the largest number of votes in each country.
  • To be eligible for a £500 Tree Care Award, you must be the nominee of the shortlisted tree which is placed either 2nd – 6th in England and 2nd-3rd in each of the following, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • There must be a named person responsible for the award and organising tree works
  • You must have a UK bank account the Award can be paid into
  • You must inform the WT how you intend to spend the award by 1 March 2019
  • You must have the written permission of the landowner for any proposed tree work or activities
  • Failure to adhere to or satisfy these eligibility requirements will lead to forfeiture of the Tree Care Award

Eligibility for an arb award

  • To be eligible for an Arb Award, you must have nominated a tree to be Tree of the Year and have a named person responsible for receiving a report recommending management options
  • Arb awards are discretionary and will be allocated by Woodland Trust staff to a small number of trees that have the potential to benefit from professional advice and landowners willing to act on that advice.

Shortlisted and winning trees

  • Shortlisted trees will be selected by a panel of tree experts including Woodland Trust staff. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into concerning the decision
  • The panel of tree experts will select a shortlist of 10 nominated trees situated in England and a shortlist of 6 nominated trees in each of the following, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Subject to there being sufficient entries of quality, shortlisted trees in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be subject to a public vote and the tree with the most votes in each country will be declared the Tree of the Year winner
  • The Trees which are placed 2nd to 6th within the England shortlist will each receive a £500 Tree Care Award
  • The Trees which are placed 2nd and 3rd within each of the following; Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland shortlists, will each receive a £500 Tree Care Award
  • Shortlisted tree nominees will be contacted and notified by post, phone or via email no later than 7 September 2018 or such later date at the Woodland Trust’s discretion. Those not shortlisted will be contacted via phone or email as soon as is reasonably practical
  • Reasonable efforts will be made to contact nominees of shortlisted trees. If nominees cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these Competition Terms and Conditions, the Woodland Trust reserves the right to offer the Tree Care Award to another entry and/or not to make an award
  • Failure to respond may result in forfeiture of the Tree Care Award.

Securing a Tree Care Award

  • Tree work/activity expenditure must not begin until written approval has been obtained from the landowner and a written Tree Care Award Offer has been made (and accepted) by the Woodland Trust
  • Tree Care activities should meet the requirements of ‘BSI British standard 3998: Tree work recommendations’ and if it is a nationally important tree, the guidance set out in the handbook: Ancient and other veteran trees further guidance on management. Editor David Lonsdale
  • Tree work/activities should be completed by December 2019
  • A short report with photographs of tree work/activities should be provided to the Trust before 31 December 2019
  • Subject to these Terms and Conditions, the winner(s) is (are) responsible for expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prizes

Data protection

The Woodland Trust will collect and store the names and contact details of all nominees. The Woodland Trust will use this personal data for the following purposes:

  • Managing the relationship between the nominees and the Woodland Trust in this Competition
  • Communicating with nominees about all information regarding the Competition
  • Communicating with nominees to answer their queries about the Competition
  • Communicating with successful nominees and arranging the fulfilment of the award;
  • By submitting a nomination into this Competition, nominees shall be aware their personal data will be processed by the Woodland Trust in accordance with, and for the purposes set out in, these terms and conditions.
  • Where a nominee has consented, the Woodland Trust may contact the nominee using the personal data collected to provide information about our work, activities, campaigns, goods, services or promotions that the Woodland Trust offers.
  • The personal data of the nominee will not be transferred to any third party other than for the fulfilment of delivery of the award.
  • The Woodland Trust takes privacy very seriously, and will only use personal information in accordance with the terms of its Privacy Policy. By submitting their nomination, the nominee acknowledges and agrees that they have read and accepted the terms of the Woodland Trust’s Privacy Policy and these Terms and Conditions.

Miscellaneous rules

  • This competition is promoted by the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 294344) and in Scotland (No. SC038885). A non-profit making company limited by guarantee. Registered in England No. 1982873.our registered office is at Kempton Way, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LL
  • By submitting your entry, you agree to grant the Woodland Trust a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub-licensable right and world-wide license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to your entry, and/or to incorporate your entry in other works, in any media now known or later developed for the full term of any rights that may exist in your entry, and in accordance with privacy restrictions set out in the Woodland Trust’s Privacy Policy
  • The winner(s) agree(s) to the disclosure of their name, county or region and country of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by the Woodland Trust relating to any post-winning publicity
  • By entering the competition, you agree that the Woodland Trust is permitted to use any copyright in and to the entry submitted for any purpose, which may include publicity, marketing and promotional use and in any format whether now or revised in the future. The Woodland Trust may retain your competition entry indefinitely and may choose to display it on any of its websites in the future. Any future publication of your entry will be at the Woodland Trust’s sole and absolute discretion
  • You confirm that your entry is your own original work, and does not infringe the rights of third parties, including copyright. The Woodland Trust will not be held liable and you will indemnify the Woodland Trust with regard to any claims, loss, damages and costs made by a third party which arise as a result of the content of your entry, or its use by the Woodland Trust
  • We will acknowledge you wherever possible, but you agree that we are not obliged to do so. By submitting an entry, you agree that the Woodland Trust may use the material for any purpose and in any way it chooses, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products. You also authorise the Woodland Trust to share your entry with any of its partners without requiring your prior consent
  • The Woodland Trust excludes all liability under these terms, in contract or tort (including negligence) for any loss, damage, costs and/or expenses, loss of profits, goodwill, consequential, indirect or special losses, howsoever caused, suffered or incurred in connection with the competition
  • We reserve the right to vary these Terms and Conditions at any time. Any variations will be notified to you by email and/or by posting the variations to our website
  • These Competition Terms and Conditions (as amended from time to time) constitute the entire agreement between you and the Woodland Trust concerning your entry to the Tree of the Year Competition
  • By entering the competition, all entrants agree to be bound by these Competition Terms and Conditions
  • If your contribution features other people who are recognisable you are responsible for ensuring you have their permission for the contribution to be treated according to the uses outlined

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