We have a passion for trees here at Myers Tree Care, working as a tree surgeon Stockport, that’s a given really, but even we were a bit taken aback when we found out that there is actually a competition for the European Tree of the Year! We think it’s a brilliant way to appreciate the beauty of trees and England, Scotland and Wales are amongst 11 other countries hoping to top the poll.
Here in England, we have put forward the Major Oak that resides in Sherwood Forest Country Park down in Nottinghamshire. The Major Oak is thought to be around 800-1,000 years old and is famous for its connection with Robin Hood! Representing Wales in the competition is the Lonely Tree, a Scots pine that has sat on the top of a hill looking down over Llanfyllin for 200 years old and unfortunately blew over in April last year. It is so beloved in the area that it stands that locals have been working hard to save the tree, covering the roots in 30 tonnes of soil.
The European Tree of the Year is run by the Environmental Partnership Association and there’s only three days left of voting before the competition closes on February 28th. You can vote here: www.treeoftheyear.org and the winner will be announced on March 5th. We might have a look around for some contenders whilst we’re carrying out our tree surgeon Stockport work!