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Threatened pear tree crowned England's Tree of the Year

One of the country’s oldest and largest wild pear trees has been chosen by the public as England’s Tree of the Year for 2015.

"Those who voted for our tree clearly care about the protection of our natural environment, and I am truly grateful to them for showing their concern." Peter Delow, Cubbington Action Group Chairman

The Cubbington Pear Tree, near the village of Cubbington in Warwickshire, received over a third of more than 10,000 votes cast by members of the public in our Tree of the Year contest, supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The tree joins the Suffragette Oak from Scotland, Peace Tree in Northern Ireland and ‘Survival at the cutting edge’ from Wales in the European Tree of the Year contest alongside 12 other countries in February 2016.

But as the Cubbington Pear Tree sits on the proposed Phase 1 line of the new HS2 route it could be lost once construction gets underway.

Cubbington Pear Tree

Cubbington Pear Tree
(Photo: F Wilmot/WTML)

Believed to be over 250 years old, the Cubbington Pear Tree is a local icon which has stood for generations at the top of a hill near South Cubbington Wood. It is thought to be the largest wild pear tree in Warwickshire and the second largest in the United Kingdom.

The Cubbington Pear Tree is one of 20 ancient, veteran or notable trees within the HS2 Phase 1 construction boundary. Another 18 lie within 200m of the proposed phase 2 route.

Peter Delow, Cubbington Action Group Chairman said:

"When I look at the fantastic trees that the Cubbington veteran pear tree has beaten to become England’s Tree of the Year, I am sure that the reason that it won is that it is under threat from HS2.

"This is surely a clear message to the Government that it should demonstrate a better balance between the needs of our economy and the protection of our natural heritage. It would be perfectly possible to build HS2 without destroying our tree and many others, and the Government needs to think again."

Show your support for a national tree register

If you're concerned about the future of Britain's threatened trees then show your support in our V.I.Trees campaign.

V.I.Trees seeks to create a register for Trees of National Special Interest in all four countries and over 13,000 people have so far supported the charity’s call for action.

Find out more about the Tree of the Year winners