Bristol tree of the year votes now open
Please vote for Our Woodland trust tree Bishops Knoll Sessile Oak, all the information is below
The Bristol Tree Forum is hosting its first Bristol Tree of the Year Competition. Our aim is to increase public awareness of the arboreal heritage of Bristol and the many benefits that trees bring us.
Now it is time to vote for your favourite tree!
Voting will close at midnight on Thursday, 15 November 2018.
We will announce the winner and the runner-up during National Tree Week, which will be held between 24 November and 2 December 2018.
To cast your vote, please click on this link
Here is the information about our tree Bishops Knoll Sessile Oak This remarkable oak tree is one of the biggest in Bristol, yet it is the least well known. The jaw-dropping Sessile oak mirrors every child-like image of an ancient oak tree, but its history is as mysterious as the gigantic branches and hollows that tower over its huge main trunk. It now sits in Bishops Knoll – a small Woodland Trust wood in a quiet corner of Stoke Park, Bristol. But the wood was once a former medieval deer park gifted by Henry VIII, and later became the grounds and gardens of a large 19th Century estate house called The Knoll, which also used as a hospital for First World War soldiers returning from the trenches. Its age is a mystery as estimates vary from 300-900 years old, and its strong multi-stemmed thick branches still grow tremendously, whereas most other ancient oaks of its size have long lost their limbs. Is it a veteran pollard on the most fertile soil? Or an old bundle planting of a handful of oak saplings now grown intertwined? Or just an ancient herculean colossus?