The search has begun for 2020’s Tree of the Year.
People’s Postcode Lottery supported charity, the Woodland Trust is urging people in England, Scotland and Wales to nominate ‘special trees’ – be it a stunning specimen, a beacon of hope in uncertain times, or a tree with an amazing story.
Now in its seventh year, the competition highlights and celebrates trees across Britain.
Last year’s winners included The Allerton Oak in England, The Last Ent of Affric in Scotland and Wales’ The Old Chestnut of Pontypol.
While 2019’s winners were all ancient or veteran trees, survivors of threat of development, disease, grazing or climate change, nominations are welcome from any age or species of tree. Young or newly planted trees in gardens, communities and parks have their stories too - it's what sets a nominated tree apart from the rest that the Trust wants to hear.
Naomi Tilley, lead campaigner for the Woodland Trust said: "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. We need the public’s support to find them, nominate them and vote for a winner."
Winning trees will benefit from a 'tree care award' of up to £1,000 thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. This can be used to benefit the tree’s health, for signage, or a community celebration. Shortlisted trees in need of support are also eligible for a £500 care award.
Sanjay Singh, senior programmes manager at People’s Postcode Lottery, added:
"We’d like to encourage communities across Britain to get involved with the 2020 Tree of the Year competition. We look forward to discovering amazing trees with wonderful stories. Thanks to all the players of People’s Postcode Lottery who are supporting the search for the nation’s most special trees. For the fourth year running money will be available to directly benefit the long term health of those special trees that need it the most."
Nominations can be made via the Woodland Trust and must be in by 29 June 2020.