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Woodland Management – Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge

Sunday 6th January
Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge
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Bog Meadows Nature Reserve – Scrub Control

Sunday 20th January
Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast
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Tree of the Year results are in! 25 October 2018

Castlewellan tree is the one for Northern Ireland – Tree of the Year winner revealed (via The Woodland Trust)

 

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Image by Michael Cooper Photography

A monster of a giant redwood in Castlewellan, County Down, has been crowned Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year in a search for the nation’s best–loved tree.

Organised by the Woodland Trust, the competition was open to any living tree in the UK – with Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales each having its own contest. 

The four country winners – decided by a recent public vote – were revealed on BBC’s The One Show on Wednesday evening (17 October).

Northern Ireland’s champion took a well–earned bow having secured 912 votes, against competition from five other worthy contenders.

The giant redwood – or multi–stemmed giant sequoia (to be precise) – stands within the walled garden at Castlewellan Forest Park.  This much–loved veteran, now over 160 years old, was planted as a sapling by the Annesley family, the former owners of the Castlewellan demesne.

With an awe–inspiring 19 trunks, it’s a firm favourite with young climbers, who are suitably amazed when parents point out that the multiple trunks are in fact one incredible tree.

Read the full press release here…