The Woodland Trust has named its Tree of the Year winners for 2016.
The winning trees don’t just get a fancy title. They also win a £1,000 “Tree LC” care grant, which can be used for a tree health check or specialist advice. The tree’s helpers can even use it on a party to celebrate the fellow.
Let’s take a look at the winning trees for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
England – The ‘Sycamore Gap’ tree
This tree is nestled close to Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. It’s already famous as it featured in hit movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves in 1991.
Scotland – The ‘Ding Dong’ tree
This tree is located in the playground of Prestonpans Primary School. It gets its name from a game played by pupils where they have to touch the trunk and shout: “Ding Dong!”
Northern Ireland – The Holm Oak
This slightly wonky winner can be found in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, County Down. It grows at a 45-degree angle, making it ideal for kids to play on.
Wales – The Brimmon Oak
This huge tree at Newtown, Powys, is finally getting the credit it deserves. It narrowly escaped destruction when a bypass was planned straight through the field it lives in.
However, a Facebook campaign led to the tree being saved, and look how far it has come.
The UK Tree of the Year award is not the end of the glory for these trees. They will now be entered into the European Tree of the Year contest – what an accolade.