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.

Voting for Tree of the Year has now closed. We're totting up the results, and we'll be announcing the winner soon.

Once we have a winning tree from each country’s public vote, a panel of experts will select one of the three trees to go forward to represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year competition.

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