The UK's tree of the year has been revealed - and it's an old oak tree.


The Gilwell Oak, which sits in Gilwell Park in Epping, Essex, has won the coveted Woodland Trust prize.

Scout Association founder Robert Bayden Powell championed the tree in 1929 as a metaphor for the growth of the youth organisation.

It was eulogised as a lesson to young scouts that big things are possible from modest beginnings, according to the group.

Chief scout Bear Grylls hailed the victorious oak as an “unbending symbol” of the Scouts’ desire to “change the world for the better”.

But if you want some more prize-worthy trees to see around the UK, we’ve made a trunk call and rounded up our own favourites:

Seven Dials Elm, Brighton

A local landmark that made the headlines when it was nearly felled to make way for a new roundabout, this ancient elm was saved by residents after a six month ’Save the Tree’ campaign and the city council changed the road layout to accommodate it. It’s now in the running for Tree of the Year.

[Read more: Robin Hood's oak beaten to European Tree of the Year award by Estonian interloper]

Original Bramley apple tree, Southwell

Most of us enjoy biting into a Bramley apple, but this is the very first Bramley apple tree that was planted more than 200 years ago. Cuttings from the tree were named after the butcher, Matthew Bramley, who owned it at the time and there are now more than 300 Bramley growers in the UK.

Major Oak, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire


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If you’re a fan of Robin Hood, it’s worth heading to Sherwood Forest to see this huge oak which according to legend, sheltered the outlaw and his merry men. It’s said to be 800 to 1,000 years old and can produce 150,000 acorns a year.

Ardmaddy Wishing Tree, Argyll and Bute

We’ve all heard of a wishing well but this is a wishing tree. According to folklore, if you plant a coin in the bark, your wish will come true. Consequently, the tree is now covered in hundreds of coins, but many more are thought to be buried in the ground due to the decayed state of the tree.

Stronardron Douglas Fir, Argyll and Bute

The father of all fir trees, this towering evergreen is the tallest tree in Britain and reaches the dizzy heights at approx. 209 feet… but could be taller as it’s a while since it was last measured and is expected to keep growing by about a foot a year.