Trust laments low British concern for heritage trees

British entries were again well down the field in this year's European Tree of the Year contest, won by a Hungarian oak with almost one-third of the 230,000 votes cast online.

Image: Bátaszék town
Image: Bátaszék town

The UK entries were the Cubbington Pear Tree in Warwickshire (8th), threatened by the proposed HS2 route, Suffragette Oak in Glasgow (10th), Peace Tree in Belfast (13th), and 'Survival at the Cutting Edge' (14th), an oak tree in the National Botanic Garden of Wales. All were chosen in a public vote carried out by the Woodland Trust last autumn.

The European contest, which began in 2011, is organised by the Czech-based Environmental Partnership Association. This year's winner stands by the southern Hungarian town of Bátaszék and is rich in local lore.

Woodland Trust ancient tree expert Jill Butler, said: "The UK needs to follow the lead of other European countries that place huge cultural importance on their trees. The lack of votes from across the UK would suggest people don't seem to value or care about trees as much as people from other parts of Europe."

However more than 13,000 people have already supported the trust's call for a register of all UK trees of National Special Interest - see

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