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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. 

Now we're on the hunt for the trees that are special to you. 

Could your favourite tree take the 2020 Tree of the Year crown? 

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

How to nominate

Nominations are open for anyone living in England, Scotland or Wales with a story to tell. Any individual, group or organisation can nominate and landowners should consent to the nomination. Only winning trees from previous years are excluded. Nominations close at noon on 29 June 2020. You can view the previous winners by scrolling through the image gallery at the top of this page.

In line with Government instructions, please avoid making unnecessary journeys to photograph trees. Find an image online or nominate a local tree with a story to tell.

Our current plan is for an independent panel of experts to select a shortlist of trees and have winners determined by a public vote later in 2020. Depending on Government advice, we may however need to change the format of the competition. All entrants will be informed of any changes.

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 NI team are focussing their efforts on celebrating the 20th anniversary of Woods on Your Doorstep. Tree of The Year will be back in all nations in 2021, so if you have found a special tree in Northern Ireland, please nominate it this time next year. Thank you.

Fenced off Allerton Oak in Calderstones Park, Liverpool

Nominate your Tree of the Year

Get your nomination in for the Tree of the Year 2020.

Nominate here

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