May 05 2020

Wanted! 2020 Tree of the Year nominations

Despite the ever changing world in which we find ourselves, the Tree of the Year team have decided to plough on with the search for this year’s favourite tree in each nation.

Nominations are open now until end of June.


This year, in the midst of lockdown, we hope to uncover local trees that communities are cherishing now than ever before. Maybe it’s a garden home for wildlife, a colourful landmark on your daily walk, a beacon of hope in an urban jungle or a focus for village life? Trees need not be old and/or large either. If you’ve got a tree that means something special to you and/or has a story that people can get behind, please tell us about it.


For the first time ever, nominations are open to Woodland Trust staff and trees on our own estate. So please take the chance to nominate some of the amazing trees in woodland you know and in your community too.


Volunteers have stumped up some tremendous entries in the past. Last year Judy Dowling’s Cadzow Oak and Alison Stewart’s Future Forest tree, were seriously unlucky to miss out on the Scotland crown which was one by The Last Ent of Affric.


Monica Lennon MSP and Judy Dowling, tree recorder, Cadzow Oak, Chatelherault, Scottish Tree of the Year. Niall Benvie / WTML.


But don’t be defeated tree lovers. There are many more superb trees out there. And we hope you can help us find and get to know them.


Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery there’s once again a £1000 Tree Care Award up for grabs for the winning trees in Scotland, Wales and England.
(The Northern Ireland team are concentrating their resource on the 20th anniversary celebrations of Woodland On Your Doorstep so are not running ToTY in 2020, but they’ll be back in 2021).


Alison Stewart, Future Forest Tree, Glen Nevis, Scottish Tree of the Year. Niall Benvie / WTML.


Please help to promote the competition. Share on social media #TreeOfTheYear and encourage friends, networks and fellow volunteers to nominate. Your story will inspire others.


Nominate your tree

Best of luck!

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