The Woodland Trust Scotland is looking for individuals and groups in Angus to champion their local trees as part of a new competition.
Scottish Tree of the Year is open to anyone and can include any living tree that has a great story to tell. The Trust’s Ancient Tree Inventory has 86 records within Angus, including the Dibble Tree, a willow growing near the centre of Carnoustie which is believed to have been growing from a planting stick left in the ground by Tammas Lousen. The tree grew to become a symbol of the town which grew around it.
Groups are invited to enter by Friday, May 9. An independent panel of judges will shortlist six trees based on their stories, and a public vote in September will decide the winner.
Carol Evans, Woodland Trust Scotland director, said: “Virtually every community in Scotland has at least one tree that stands out from the rest and has an amazing story to tell and we’d love to receive entries for the Tree of the Year contest from groups based in Angus.
“It could be a tree that’s associated with a famous person or a battle, or one that the local people have rallied around to save it from being felled.
An application form for Scottish Tree of the Year is available from the Woodland Trust’s website at http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk