Witness the Beauty of the Wild: Discover Richmond Park’s Tree of the Year Nominee

The tree in front of us is a perfect example of nature’s resilience to endure and thrive.

Although it was torn from its original spot during a powerful storm, the oak tree persevered and clung to life with its few remaining roots. Surprisingly, it not only survived but also flourished in its new and unanticipated location.

All of the tree’s branches are on a single side of its trunk and they stretch upward, resembling small trees on their own.

Numerous individuals are drawn to this particular area as it serves as a meeting point for socializing with acquaintances, resting during walks, or relishing a delightful picnic alongside their partners.

On the website of the Woodland Trust, there is a story about a tree that displays an impressive ability to recover from a natural disaster. Despite being uprooted by a strong storm, the oak managed to survive and even thrive in a unique way – all its branches grew on one side of the trunk. This tree has become a popular destination for gatherings, relaxation, and picnics, with countless children climbing it and smoothing its bark over time. The annual Tree of the Year competition encourages people to vote for the best trees in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. From each country, one winning tree will be selected, and experts will then choose one to represent the UK in the European Tree of the Year competition.

By participating in the tree of the year voting, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a £100 Sainsbury’s voucher from the Woodland Trust. It’s important to note that you can only vote for one tree per country, and voting closes at noon on 27 September 2019. The winning tree in each country will be awarded a Tree Care grant of £1,000, while selected runners-up may receive £500 depending on their eligibility. This prize money can be used for a variety of purposes, such as arranging for an arboriculturalist to conduct a health check on the tree, providing educational materials or hosting a community event in honor of the tree.

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