Time is running out to cast your vote and help the UK’s 2023 Tree of the Year be crowned Europe’s favourite for 2024.
Wrexham’s remarkable 480 year old sweet chestnut tree earned the chance to represent the UK having won the Woodland Trust’s prestigious Tree of the Year competition for 2023, which celebrated ancient and veteran trees in urban spaces.
But at the last count the majestic living legend in Acton Park was lagging behind its fellow elite competitors, sitting in tenth place in the 15 strong field.
Kylie Jones Mattock, Woodland Trust estate manager for Wales, said the tree was a wonderful specimen and fully deserved the recognition – and a chance of international glory.
‘The Acton sweet chestnut is a symbol of resilience, having survived nearly 500 years of industrialisation, post war timber shortages and battering storms,’ Kylie added.
‘It is loved and cherished and is part of the community and a shining example of our nation's most special ancient and veteran trees and certainly deserves a place in the competition.
‘It is a popular spot for picnics at the heart of a busy city park, is full of character and, depending on which angle you look at it from, you can spot a different face in its bark.
‘The European Tree of the Year competition might be the closest Wrexham gets to winning the Euros this year so please get voting!’
Councillor Terry Evans, lead member for the environment at Wrexham Council, said: ‘We were thrilled to get the Wrexham sweet chestnut shortlisted for the UK’s Tree of the Year – and even more so when we won, with a healthy 17% of the public vote.’
Show your support for the UK’s representative by voting for the Wrexham Sweet Chestnut at www.treeoftheyear.org.
Online Voting is open until 22 February 2024.