Is Galloway home to Scotland’s best-loved tree?

A competition searching for Scotland’s best-loved tree has been launched in Galloway.

Scottish Tree of the Year, organised by the Woodland Trust Scotland is open to any living tree in Scotland that has a great story to tell, and anyone can enter. The Trust’s Ancient Tree Inventory has 2075 records within Dumfries and Galloway.

Groups who want to champion local trees that have a great story to tell are invited to enter by Friday 9 May. An independent panel of judges will shortlist six trees based on their story, and a public vote in September will decide the winner.

Carol Evans, director of the Woodland Trust Scotland 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 Dumfries and Galloway.

“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. Whether it’s in the middle of a wood, half way up a mountain or in the heart of a city, if it’s a tree that people love and tell stories about then we want to hear about it.

“By celebrating what trees mean to people and the great stories that they have to tell we can help to raise awareness of the need to protect them. We’re delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the competition to find the best loved trees in Scotland.”

An application form for Scottish Tree of the Year is available from the Woodland Trust’s website. Entries are open until Friday 9 May.