The Woodland Trust is calling on tree-lovers throughout the UK to vote in the European Tree of the Year contest. This year’s four UK entries take their place alongside 12 other trees from across the continent - and the voting is already underway!

The four UK entries, as voted for by the public, are the Sycamore Gap tree for England, Brimmon Oak in Wales, the Ding Dong tree in Scotland and Holm Oak in Northern Ireland.

In the last two years, UK trees have only finished sixth at best, and usually receive far fewer votes than their continental counterparts - that's why this year they need all the votes they can get.

Run by the Environmental Partnership Association, voting is straightforward – the tree with the most public votes at the end of February will win.

Beccy Speight, Woodland Trust Chief Executive, said, "The UK is renowned as a country of nature lovers, but we never get anywhere near enough votes for our trees in the European contest. Perhaps this also goes some way to explain why so many of our special trees don’t have the relevant protection."

Annemiek Hoogenboom, Country Director of People's Postcode Lottery, added, "We were delighted to support the contests for the Great British Trees of the Year, which saw such a fantastic responses from supporters. Lets keep that enthusiasm going as the trees compete in Europe."

The Woodland Trust wants to see greater protection for our notable trees. More than 9,000 people have so far taken action through the charity’s V.I.Trees campaign to call for the creation of a register for individual trees of special interest.

To vote in the competition visit The European Tree of the Year website before February 28th.

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The Sycamore Gap Tree is England's European Tree of the Year entry