Old Homer needs your vote! 22 February 2017
Vote now or it could be Eurovision all over again – County Down oak needs your vote (via The Woodland Trust)
The remarkable County Down Holm Oak, crowned Northern Ireland’s best–loved tree in 2016, is now battling for votes in the European Tree of the Year contest.
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 Holm Oak, the mighty evergreen oak in Rostrevor’s Kilbroney Park, (Bent but not Broken) secured the title of Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year in a competition organised by the Woodland Trust.
The 200–year–old veteran, now widely known as ‘Old Homer’, currently faces stiff competition from 15 other European trees in the run off to be crowned Europena Tree of the Year.
At the time of writing, the Czech Republic is in the lead with 10050 votes; the Welsh Tree has 9155 votes, Poland has 8822 and Old Homer in 6th place has 4426 votes.
Northern Ireland’s champion was nominated by Alistair Livingstone on behalf of the LIGHT 2000 community group.