Tall, strong, incredibly handsome, hardworking, kind to animals and great with children. Trees. What’s not to love? Help us find Wales’ Tree of the Year 2018!
The hunt for 2018’s Tree of the Year is on. We’re calling for the public’s nominations to find the UK’s favourite trees. Now in its fifth year, the contest aims not just to celebrate the best trees in each nation, but also to encourage people to value them more and see them better protected through planning policy. Tree are easily overlooked and routinely undervalued - they need their moment in the sun.
A bit of Tree-LC
As well as putting our best trees on the map, the awards - supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery - offer a £1,000 tree care award for each winning tree. The money can be used to arrange a ‘Tree-LC’ health check from a qualified arboriculturalist, provide interpretation or educational materials or simply just hold a celebratory event in honour of the tree.
Last year’s winner and runner-up for Wales
The winning tree in last year’s Wales Tree of the Year competition was the Hollow Tree in Gnoll Country Park in Neath. The oak tree is a great draw for the park, a place where families can enjoy nature and a day out. The Tree-LC tree care award is now being used to implement the recommendations of the arboricultural report, to help keep the tree healthy and strong into the future, so future generations can enjoy it as we can today.
Another of Wales’ finalist trees last year was the Giant Redwood of Llangattock, which stands on the banks of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. The tree is a cherished landmark of the canal and easily noticeable. The award has funded a bench which will stand between the tree and the canal, alongside information about the tree and how old it is.
Nominate your favourite tree now!
Any individual, group or organisation can nominate a tree and share its story until 9am on 6 August.The entries will then be shortlisted by a panel of independent experts before facing the public vote.
The overall winner will go forward to the European contest run by the Environmental Partnership Association. The competition helps us celebrate our fantastic trees and join the chorus in Europe to demand better recognition for the important role of trees.