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Saintfield Estate, Saintfield – Woodland Management

Sunday 5th February
Saintfield Estate
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Lough Neagh Connections Symposium

Wednesday 15th February
The Marina Centre, Ballyronan
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LIFE Information Day 2017

Friday 17th February
Chartered Accountants House, Pearse Street, Dublin
Free

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Gilford Castle, Gilford Village – Tree Pruning

Sunday 19th February
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village – Tree Pruning
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An Introduction to Legacy Fundraising

Thursday 23rd February
Arts Resource Centre, 7 Donegall St Place, Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2FN
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‘Old Homer’ heads for Europe 2 February 2017

County Down oak represents Northern Ireland in European Tree of the Year competition (via The Woodland Trust)

 

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Photograph by Michael Cooper

A remarkable County Down oak, recently crowned Northern Ireland’s best–loved tree, is now competing for votes in the European Tree of the Year contest.

The holm oak, a mighty evergreen oak in Rostrevor’s Kilbroney Park, secured the title of Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year in a competition organised by the Woodland Trust; and was unveiled in a Channel 4 documentary Tree of the Year with Ardal O’Hanlon last December.  

It now faces stiff competition from 15 other trees from as far away as Bulgaria. Run by the Environmental Partnership Association1, the European verdict is simple – the tree with the most public votes at the end of February will win.

The 200–year–old oak, affectionately and locally known as ‘Old Homer’, was nominated by Alistair Livingstone on behalf of LIGHT 2000 community group.

Alistair said: “This tree has been well–loved by generations of locals and visitors who have gathered under its huge canopy for festivals and more.  We’ve worked hard to put ‘Old Homer’ in the spotlight, and indeed we’re determined to encourage an appreciation of the many remarkable trees within this park.  We really hope that members of the public will make their mark by way of a simple vote.”

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, added:

“Centuries–old, this striking natural landmark reaches out to visitors at Kilbroney’s Fairy Glen entrance.  And, while it distinctively leans at an angle, this oak is standing tall for all of Northern Ireland’s amazing, unsung trees.

Read the full press release here…