Tree of the Year 2021

The winner of Tree of the Year 2021 is a lone hawthorn tree located in Kippford, Dalbeattie in Dumfries & Galloway. The defiant hawthorn cuts an impressive presence as the only tree on a windswept cockleshell beach, standing alone as it guards the Scottish coastline. 

The competition was held across social media, with a shortlist of 10 finalists selected from hundreds of nominations across The Woodland Trust’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using #TreeoftheWeek

The hawthorn won with an impressive 38% of the vote. In second place was a Monterey cypress tree planted on a beach in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales that was saved from felling this year after a  public campaign. It took 19% of the vote.

In third place, with 13%, was a parasol beech in Parkanaur Forest Park, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland – a rare specimen with knotted branches growing randomly back towards the ground.

The winning hawthorn tree will now go on to represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year 2022 contest.

The Woodland Trust's Tree of The Year competition aims to highlight how vital trees are for our landscapes and our lives. Trees are essential in the fight against the climate and nature crisis we are facing, yet many of the UK's oldest and most valuable trees have no form of legal protection.

If you have any questions, please contact campaigning@woodlandtrust.org.uk with 'Tree of the Year' as the subject line.

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