Posted on: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Seven spectacular trees have been shortlisted for this year’s Wales Tree of the Year competition, including one in Pontypool Park.
The Woodland Trust’s annual competition is designed to highlight and celebrate the best trees in the country. Once again it’s being supported by the award winning horticulturalist and TV personality David Domoney.
A carefully chosen panel of eager and knowledgeable judges spent hours debating the positives of the many trees nominated to find some of the very best trees that Wales has to offer. Seven visually stunning trees all with wonderful stories have made the shortlist.
We’re asking the public to go online at woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear to choose their favourite, to ultimately find Wales’s Tree of the Year for 2019.
Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment, said: “We’d like to thank The Friends of Pontypool Park who nominated the old sweet chestnut tree for Tree of the Year.
“The tree which is situated in Pontypool Park is around 400 years old, and from an ecological perspective this is the most interesting sweet chestnut tree in the park because of its large hollow which you can walk through.
“We are encouraging everyone to vote for our tree, because not only would it get the converted Tree of the Year title, but it would be eligible for a Tree Care award of £1,000. The award can be used to arrange a health check from an arboriculturalist, provide interpretation or educational materials or simply just hold a community celebratory event in honour of the tree.”
David Domoney said: “The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year celebrates the marvel and beauty of trees in our country. They are such an important part of our cities and countryside, not only for their beauty, but also for the health benefits they offer to all living creatures. Choosing the one tree that stands out from the rest is a hard decision, take a look for yourself.”
Natalie Buttriss Director Wales for the Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) said: “The Wales Tree of the Year competition is all about highlighting and celebrating the our most remarkable and special trees. We have a fantastic number of ancient and veteran trees and many notable urban trees.
“Trees across the country are constantly under threat of felling due to inappropriate developments. The Wales Tree of the Year competition is all about helping to raise the profile of trees in order to offer them better protection.
“All of our shortlisted trees look amazing and each of them has a wonderful story to tell. We’re sure that the public will show their passion and get behind their favourite.
“We have some strong contenders for the 2019 crown and we would encourage people to vote to support their favourite tree. We’re also calling on members of local Tree Charter branches to lend their support and get behind their favourite tree.”
As well as putting the nation’s best trees on the map, the awards - supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery - offer a £1,000 tree care award for each winning tree in each country. This might be spent on works to benefit the tree’s health, signage, or a community celebration. There are £500 awards for runners-up.
Sanjay Singh, senior programmes manager with People’s Postcode Lottery said:“I am delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting this celebration of the nation’s best loved trees. From botanical oddities to trees with historic connections or simply at the heart of their communities – these are great examples of trees which are cherished. I hope the competition will encourage more people to seek them out, enjoy them and vote for them.”
The Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year competition runs in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Each country, thanks to the public vote, will have its own champion which will be represented in the 2020 European Tree of the Year contest.
Take a closer look at the shortlist and vote for your favourite tree at woodlandtrust.org.uk/treeoftheyear. The website is open for entries from 9am on Monday 09 September. Voting closes at noon on 27 September.
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 into society for a future where people and trees are stronger together. Find out more and voice your support at treecharter.uk.