Scotland's Tree of the Year - The Ding Dong Tree

Scotland’s Tree of the Year 2016 and nominee for European Tree of the Year, the Ding Dong Tree

After winning 1,023 votes to be named Scotland’s Tree of the Year 2016, the Ding Dong Tree is now competing to be named European Tree of the Year.

The Head teacher at Prestonpans Primary School says this copper beech is so woven into the life of the school it is almost like having an extra member of staff.

The Ding Dong Tree gets its name from a tig game invented by pupils who compete to touch its trunk shouting “Ding Dong!” The tree’s protecting canopy makes it an ideal outdoor classroom, and it brings particular calm to children with complex emotions. Inside the building a calendar display shows pictures of the tree throughout the year alongside pupils’ achievements and most memorable moments of learning. Children hang bird feeders from the branches and it is the subject of many science and art projects. Beloved by generations of pupils, the Ding Dong tree has become central to the life and identity of the school, appearing on the banner of its website.