Liverpool’s Allerton Oak has apparently urged people to vote for it in the European tree of the Year competition in what could well be a first for UK television.

ITV’s This Morning visited the 1,000 year old oak in Calderstones Park to highlight the contest, in which the tree is the UK’s contender.

Presenter Alison Hammond explained the competition, the UK round of which is run by the Woodland Trust, and interviewed Liverpool City Council park ranger John Warren. Through ‘tree whisperer’ Holly Worton, Alison asked the Allerton Oak a series of questions about how it felt to be in the competition. It ‘said’ it was honoured to be taking part and asked people to vote.

Woodland Trust lead campaigner Naomi Tilley  said:

“The Trust has been the voice of trees for a long time, but never have we heard directly from one as we did on This Morning!

“Liverpool is a proud city with a proud heritage. We know how passionate its people are, and would love to see them get behind the Allerton Oak to help it be champion of Europe.

“The UK’s trees could do with a bit more love. Since last year’s contest more trees have come down needlessly in our towns and cities and calls to save important trees from infrastructure plans such as HS2 have been rejected.

“This contest is a great way to join with other European environmental charities in championing our trees and the vital role they play.  Please join the chorus, and cast your vote!”

The 1,000 year old Allerton Oak, from which acorns and leaves were plucked and sent to serviceman fighting abroad during the Second World War as a token of good luck, is up against 15 trees nominated by our European neighbours.

The contest – in which Spain, France and Russia all have entries - is run by the European Environmental Partnership, bringing together European nations to celebrate the stories and community connections of landmark trees.

The UK entry is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. 

Sanjay Singh, Senior Programmes Manager with People’s Postcode Lottery said:

“I am delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery supported  the Woodland Trust’s celebration of our nation’s best loved trees. I hope people really get behind the Allerton Oak and vote for it in the European Tree of the Year competition, and that it encourages more people to seek out trees with stories to tell near them to nominate in the national competitions in 2020!”

Voting for the competition ends this Saturday, 29 February at treeoftheyear.org/vote

Winners will be announced at the European Parliament in Brussels on 17 March.

Notes to editors

For media queries only please contact the press office on 01476 581121 or media@woodlandtrust.org.uk  Public enquiries should be directed to 0330 333 3300 or enquiries@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The Trust has three key aims:

  1. protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
  2. restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
  3. plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering over 28,700 hectares. Access to its woods is free.