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Root for your favourite Tree! 4 October 2018

Root for your favourite, as Tree of the Year shortlist is revealed


Image by Michael Cooper

(via The Woodland Trust)

A fairy thorn that guards the grave of an evil wizard, and a monster of a giant redwood – they are just two of six amazing contenders shortlisted by the Woodland Trust in the search for Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year 2018.

The competition aims to highlight and celebrate the country’s remarkable, yet unsung, trees. And members of the public are asked to play a part by simply voting for their favourite from the final shortlist. 

Northern Ireland’s six splendid specimens, chosen by experts from across a number of organisations, are:  

  • Ballymenoch Oak: Turkey oak at Ballymenoch Park, Holywood
  • Hezlett House Spanish Chestnut: Sweet (or Spanish) chestnut at Hezlett House, Castlerock
  • Sandy Row Fairy Thorn: Hawthorn at Sandy Row, south Belfast
  • The Bishop’s Tree: Sweet chestnut, Lumen Christi College, Derry/Londonderry
  • The Giant’s Grave Thorn: Hawthorn at Slaughtaverty, near Garvagh
  • The Giant Sequoia: Multi–stemmed giant sequoia (or giant redwood) at Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan

The process is simple – the tree with the most votes wins and with it comes a tree care award of £1,000. This could assist a health check from a specialist, educational materials or a community event in celebration of the tree.

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland said: “We asked the pubic to nominate their best–loved trees – trees with stories – and we’re now delighted to reveal the final line–up of six. From factual history to tales of highwaymen and fairy folklore, each has a fantastic story to tell.

Take a closer look at the shortlist and vote for your favourite tree at 

Voting ends on 7 October!

Read the full press release here…