Quirky Estonian oak tree entry wins Tree of the Year contest

The results of the European Tree of the Year contest have been announced, with an oak tree in the middle of a football pitch in Estonia winning with 59,836 votes, nearly a third of the almost 185,000 votes cast in total.

Image: Elina Kalm
Image: Elina Kalm
Thought to be around 500 years old, the tree on the island of Saaremaa survived efforts to pull it down during the Stalin era. Competitive matches continue to be played around it.

England's Major Oak was the highest placed UK entrant in 6th place with 9,941 votes, while Scotland's entry was 9th and Wales' 10th out of 14 participating countries.

The trees also join the European Trail of Trees, where people have the opportunity to find out more about trees in the contest across Europe.

The contest which began in 2011 is organised by the Czech-based Environmental Partnership Association. This was the first year that an entry for England was submitted, by the Woodland Trust, which intends also to enter trees into the 2016 contest.

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