Nom­i­na­tions sought for Britain’s favourite tree to take on Pol­ish oak

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By EMILY BEAMENT jane.bradley@scots­man.com

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are be­ing urged to nominate “trees with a story” to com­pete to be crowned Tree of the Year.

The Brim­mon Oak in Wales nar­rowly missed out on be­ing crowned 2017 Euro­pean Tree of the Year, and the Wood­land Trust hopes a tree from the UK could go one step bet­ter next time round.

The Tree of the Year com­pe­ti­tion is ask­ing peo­ple to nominate trees for four short­lists rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land, Scot­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land, which the pub­lic will then be able to vote on. 0 The Brim­mon Oak missed out on tree of the year crown

From the four coun­try win­ners one will be cho­sen to rep­re­sent the UK in the Europewide con­test.

Tree lovers are be­ing asked to nominate a tree with a link to a his­tor­i­cal fig­ure or event, a tree at the heart of a com­mu­nity or one which is just well loved.

As it launched the new search for the coun­try’s best trees, the Wood­land Trust called on the govern­ment to act on pro­pos­als which could lead to in­creased pro­tec­tion for some of the coun­try’s most fa­mous and an­cient trees and wood­lands.

In this year’s Euro­pean Tree of the Year con­test, the gi­ant Brim­mon oak in New­town, Powys, which was saved from be­ing felled for a by­pass, was run­ner-up with 16,203 votes.

Poland’s en­try, the Oak Josef, which shel­tered a Jewish fam­ily hid­ing from the Nazis, won.

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