You voted in your thousands and we can finally announce the winners of the Tree of the Year 2020 competition! Read on to find out all about the winners in each country.

Scotland and UK Tree of the Year 2020 - The Survivor Tree, Carrifran Valley

Twenty years ago, Borders Forest Trust based its slogan: “Where one tree survives, a million trees will grow,” on a lone rowan clinging to a stream bank in Carrifran Valley. Today that survivor tree is lonely no more! It is surrounded by a little forest of its children, and lots of suckers are coming up from its base. This was some of the first natural regeneration the Trust achieved in the Carrifran Valley. In addition to its own children, the rowan tree now has over half a million other native Scottish trees for company. Where once it dominated the view, it will soon be hidden from sight. The rowan tree no longer stands alone and is a symbol of the 20-year journey to revive the wild heart of Southern Scotland.

As UK tree of the year, the Survivor Tree will now go forward as the UK's candidate for European Tree of the Year in February 2021

Wales’ Tree of the Year 2020 – The Chapter House Tree, Margam Park, Port Talbot

Standing in the shadows of 17th century Margam Orangery and St Mary’s Church, this historic fern-leaved beech envelopes the remains of one of the first Cistercian abbeys in Wales. Its canopy has provided shelter to visitors for many years – from Victorian tea parties taking place under its sweeping boughs to a favourite summer picnic spot for present day visitors. The tree provides an atmospheric back drop and is loved by cinematographers – featuring in TV and Film productions from Dr Who and Songs of Praise with Sir Bryn Terfel to the recent Netflix blockbuster series Sex Education.

England’s Tree of the Year 2020 – The Happy Man Tree, Hackney, London

Currently earmarked for felling, the plight of this 150 year old Plane has awakened something in a community that couldn’t bear to see it go. The dressing of the tree, and the signs behind it, are testament to the strength of feeling among the local campaigning. As an urban tree, it makes an important contribution to combatting air pollution and making grey city streets green. But the community sees it as more than just the sum of its parts – it’s part of the estate, part of their collective history.

The threat to the Happy Man Tree highlights how important it is that all housing developments are planned with existing and mature trees at their heart: we all deserve trees and green spaces around where we live, including in our most urban areas.

Why isn’t there a Tree of the Year Northern Ireland competition?

Tree of the Year is usually a UK-wide competition. This year, however, we face unique challenges and have made the tough decision not to run the competition in Northern Ireland. Instead the Northern Ireland team are focusing their efforts on celebrating the 20th anniversary of Woods on Your Doorstep. 

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