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Our Tree of the Year winners are revealed on Channel 4

If you weren't watching Strictly last night you may have caught our documentary on Channel 4 which revealed the winners of this year's Tree of the Year contest.

In case you missed it they are:

We helped film the documentary over the last couple of months, with the crew travelling all over the UK to film the trees and capture the fascinating stories from people associated with them.

The crew came to film the Bowthorpe Oak here in Lincolnshire on a chilly Sunday morning just before Halloween, with several Woodland Trust staff joining locals as we attempted to fit as many people as possible inside the tree's hollow trunk!

The winners were chosen in a public vote during September and October, with over 18,000 votes cast across the four countries. On the show our own Jill Butler joined presenter Ardal O'Hanlon and other judges to choose their favourite of the four, with the Brimmon Oak coming out on top to be the first 'UK' Tree of the Year. All four will still represent their countries in the European Tree of the Year contest in February.

What's also really good news, thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, is that each of the four winning trees will benefit from a £1,000 care grant to help prolong their life, create interpretation or even hold a celebratory event. We've also been able to award £500 grants to a number of the other shortlisted trees too.

We're hoping that the documentary will generate lots more interest in our special trees throughout the UK, as ultimately they need better protection to ensure future generations can enjoy them too.

In the meantime you can help us lobby for an official register which will classify, celebrate and protect the UK's nationally important and best-loved trees