The search is on for the most lovable tree, a tree with a story that can bring the community together. The participating trees have already won national contests.
If you're in the UK, you can for example vote for The Oak at the Gate of the Dead in Wrexham, Wales or for Neil Gow's Oak in Perthshire in Scotland. The contest in Scotland and Wales was organised by the Woodland Trust.
Niel Gow’s Oak stands on the bank of the River Tay, on land owned by Forestry Commission Scotland. near Dunkeld. According to local legend 18th century fiddler Niel Gow wrote many of his most famous tunes underneath the tree. To mark the launch of the contest, singer Dougie MacLean performed his interpretation of Niel Gow’s “Farewell to Whisky” under the oak to start the campaign for votes.
The European Tree of the Year contest is a lovely way to celebrate ancient trees and the wonderful addition they make to our landscapes, parks and cities. Voting is open until 28th February 2014. The results will be announced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels on the 19th March 2014.
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