Enter your favourite tree for the new Scottish Tree of the Year competition
What is your favourite Scottish tree? Is it a tree that you have long admired in your community? Or a magnificent tree that you have seen while travelling in Scotland? Now you can nominate this tree in a new Scottish Tree of the Year competition.
The contest, organised by the Woodland Trust Scotland, aims to find the nationâ€™s best-loved tree. The competitionÂ is supported by comedian and broadcaster Fred MacAulay and players of Peopleâ€™s Postcode Lottery.
The Scottish Tree of the Year is open to any living tree in Scotland that has a great story to tell. And anyone can enter the competition, but you must get your nominations in by Friday, 9 May.
Judges will then shortlist six trees and a public vote in September will decide the winner.
Andrew Fairbairn, of the Woodland Trust Scotland, said: â€œMost communities have at least one tree that stands out from the rest and has an amazing story to tell.Â It could be a tree thatâ€™s associated with a famous person or a battle, or one that the local people have rallied around to save it from being felled.Â By celebrating what trees mean to people and the stories that they have to tell we can help to raise awareness of the need to protect them.â€
MacAulay is delighted to be part of the Scottish Tree of the Year competition. He said: â€œTree of the Year is a fantastic way to celebrate our natural heritage. Weâ€™re inviting people to tell us about the trees that are most important to them and become champions for them.
â€œScotland is blessed with thousands of amazing trees. Whether itâ€™s in the middle of a wood, half way up a mountain or in the heart of a city, if itâ€™s a tree that people love and tell stories about then we want to hear about it.”
The winner of the competition will go on to be Scotlandâ€™s entry in the European Tree of the Year competition in 2015.
Fill out a Woodland Trust Scotland Scottish Tree of the Year application.