People are being asked to cast their votes in the last few days of a poll to find the UK’s best trees.
Shortlisted trees include an unusual-shaped beech created more than a century ago to woo a lover, an ancient oak from which rebels were hanged and a horse chestnut grown from a conker taken from the last tree standing at Verdun.
Ancient oaks and yews, trees which have overlooked poets or been planted to mark historical events, those with connections to legends or famous figures or standing at the heart of their communities are all in the poll.
Winners for each nation will be declared before a single tree is taken forward to represent the UK in the European Tree Of The Year.
The awards, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, also offer a £1,000 tree care award for each winning tree.
“One tree in the shortlist is a great case in point: over 800-years-old, it would have been felled without persistent efforts of a stubborn landowner who had the will to keep it safe.
“But only one can take the crown! Voting closes soon – and the tree with the most votes will win it.”
“I’m a gardener so naturally I’m a fan, but of course we are all dependent on trees which still so often have to make way for us. So let’s celebrate the best.”