Vote for your favourite New Forest tree

Woodland

Published Thursday 6 July 2017

Majestic oaks, a solitary crab apple and a horse chestnut loved by the community are just some of the trees in the running to be the New Forest’s favourite.

The search for the National Park’s most popular tree is heating up, with public voting on the shortlist of eight now open.

Vote for your favourite New Forest tree at newforestnpa.gov.uk/treevote

Votes can be cast via the New Forest National Park Authority’s website, where tree-lovers can choose from a varied shortlist:

  • Burley horse chestnut
  • Gritnam oak, Lyndhurst
  • Hampton Ridge crab apple
  • Minstead oak
  • Moyles Court oak
  • Rhinefield oak
  • Tiptoe lonely tree
  • Woodgreen oak.

Trees were nominated by residents and visitors to the New Forest and the shortlist was compiled by local tree experts. Trees were shortlisted if they:

  • Were especially old for its species – an ancient or veteran tree
  • Had an interesting historical story
  • Were a particularly impressive or unusual specimen
  • Had personal significance to the nominator.

Online voting is open from 5 to 19 July at newforestnpa.gov.uk/treevote and in-person voting is from 25 to 27 July at the National Park Authority’s stand at the New Forest Show. The winner will be announced on the Thursday afternoon of the Show.

Hannah Chalmers, New Forest National Park Authority Tree Officer and competition judge, said: ‘I was delighted to see the wide variety and high standard of trees nominated for these awards, though it did make it a tough choice to decide on just eight finalists.

‘The New Forest is home to thousands of ancient and special trees, many of which hold a special place in the hearts of residents and visitors. It’s been great to hear people’s stories and I look forward to seeing which of these lovely trees will triumph in the public vote.’ 

The competition is run in partnership with the Forestry Commission and is part of a Heritage Lottery-funded ‘Our Past, Our Future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme led by the New Forest National Park Authority in conjunction with 11 key partners.

It is one of a series of events throughout 2017 to mark the 800th anniversary of the implementation of the Forest Charter. This charter helped establish the New Forest and now the National Park Authority is working with organisations across the UK to create a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People. The Tree Charter initiative is led by the Woodland Trust and will redefine the relationship between trees and people.

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Notes to Photo Editors:

Attached: Rhinefield oak, one of the eight finalists

Download images of all the shortlisted trees at https://tinyurl.com/yd477ut5

Notes to Editors:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect.
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media contact

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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