The results of European Tree of the Year 2015 were announced this morning and ‘Lady’s Tree’ has finished in ninth place with 4,193 votes.
An oak tree in the middle of a football pitch in Estonia has been awarded the title. The oak tree in Orissaare, a coastal resort in western Estonia, became a part of a playing field after two Soviet tractors were unable to pull it over in 1951. Since then generations of footballers have learned to skilfully pass the ball around its trunk. The tree was nominated for the competition by the Estonian Chamber of Arborists and received nearly 60,000 votes.
Nottingham’s Major Oak, reputed to be Robin Hood’s hiding place, came in sixth place with 9,941 votes. The Lonely Tree of Llanfyllin in Wales was tenth with 1,548 votes.
Whilst we are obviously disappointed not to have won the competition it has provided us with the opportunity to tell the amazing success story of osprey conservation to a wider audience – in excess of 180,000 votes were cast during the month-long online contest.
Not only that, we’ve doubled Scotland’s vote compared to 2014 and finished second in the ‘Six Nations’, a feat our rugby team would be very proud of!
A big thankyou to everyone who took the time to vote for ‘Lady’s Tree’, players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting this competition and the Woodland Trust Scotland for being great partners in our bid to win European Tree of the Year.
It won’t be long now till we begin anticipating the return of ‘Lady’ and her partner so keep an eye on the nest by visiting scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/ospreycam