European Tree of the Year 2018

The Gilwell Oak came fifth in the 2018 European Tree of the Year competition (Photo: WTML)

This year’s UK Tree of the Year winner, the Gilwell Oak, competed to be named European Tree of the Year, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. In the results announced on 21 March 2018, our entry came fifth with 12,955 votes. The competition was won by Portugal's Whistler Cork Oak tree with 26,606 votes.

This marvellous oak tree is located in the heart of Gilwell Park in Essex, the home of the scouting movement conceived by Robert Baden-Powell. He adopted the towering oak as a neat analogy in 1929 for not only the growth of the scouting movement worldwide, which began with a small trial camp some 21 years earlier, but as a message to young scouts that big things are possible from modest starts.

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