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A tree may be a village’s oldest inhabitant, a founding figure in a region’s identity or a natural monument integral to a nation’s story. It can also be a much-loved local landmark, a place to play and exercise, a gardener’s pride and joy or a space for communities to gather. Young or old, tall or small, fat or thin, our national contest celebrates these special trees across the nations. 

Previous winners include an ancient oak tree that is said to have served as a medieval courthouse, a young copper beech tree in the playground of a Scottish primary school and a Welsh parkland sweet chestnut you can stand inside. 

Nominations are now closed and we’re busy turning the hundreds of nominations we received into a shortlist, ready for a public vote at the end of August

Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, up to £1,000 in tree care awards are available to the winning tree in each nation. Smaller awards are also available for shortlisted trees most in need of help to survive. Care awards are aimed at helping trees to live long and healthy lives, for generations to come.

Tree of the Year has helped discover and celebrate lots of incredible trees across the nations. This year during lockdown, when many are appreciating local greenspace more than ever before, we hope to uncover some local tree treasures. The UK has some of the most remarkable trees in the world – and often they’re found in someone’s back garden.

Naomi Tilley, lead campaigner

A bit of 'Tree LC'

Our tree care awards are intended to help protect, support and celebrate a healthy future for your special tree. They can be used to cover the cost of necessary management or to help prescribe a more prosperous life for a tree through:

  • Tree work such as pruning, fencing, haloing, mulching for root protection and/or removal or management of competing vegetation
  • Providing interpretive or educational materials, signage or digital information that helps to build support for your tree
  • Tree surveys or professional management advice
  • Enabling community engagement activities to help support and protect their tree.

You can read the terms and conditions of the competition, the prize draw, and the Tree Care awards on our terms and conditions page.

The Tree Charter

The Tree of the Year competition is run in support of the Charter for Trees, Woods and People – an initiative that sets out 10 tree principles to embed in our society for a future where people and trees are stronger together. Find out more and voice your support at treecharter.uk