Feb 17 2021
Please Vote For Britain’s European Contender
“The Survivor” Tree at Carrifran near Moffat is Britain’s entry in the European Tree of the Year competition – with online voting now underway for the month of February.
We would like to encourage all Woodland Trust volunteers to vote for the tree, and encourage friends and family too.
The tree at Carrifran near Moffat won a public vote to be named Scotland’s Tree of the Year in October 2020 and was subsequently chosen by The Woodland Trust to represent Britain in the European competition organised by the Environmental Partnership Association.
It was once the only noticeable tree in the valley and was adopted as a symbol by the community group which took ownership of the land at the turn of the millennium. “Where one tree survives a million will grow,” became their mission statement. That mission has now been accomplished through planting and natural regeneration.
The Tree of the Year competitions in England, Wales and Scotland are supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Voters in the European competition can choose two trees, so the expectation is that people generally vote for their home contender plus one other.
Anyone can take part in the online vote and the rowan’s supporters hope the British public will get behind the tree.
The best showing of a British tree in the competition so far is Wales’ Brimmon Oak which came second in 2017.