February is the month of the 2015 European Tree of the Year Competition. And the famous Lonely Tree (featured on national and international media) – the Mid Wales landmark blown down in a storm – is in the running! It’s already won Welsh Tree of the Year. Now it just needs enough votes to take the European crown. BBC2 Springwatch presenter Iolo Williams will appear at the Lonely Tree on Feb 8th at 11:00am to campaign for the award.
Voting is now finished.
“LET’S WIN IT FOR WALES!”
The European Competition is an extraordinary event – like the Eurovision Song Contest – but with trees! All over Europe winners of national contests compete to become European Tree of the Year. Last year’s winner, The Old Elm in Sliven, Bulgaria, received an extraordinary 77,526 votes!
The old Lonely Tree on a hill in Mid Wales, much loved in the nearby town, has become affectionately recognised by thousands of people up and down the country since it was blown down by gales a year ago. Following the event, news travelled around the world on social media, to people who had known the tree and also complete strangers. The old Scots Pine had played a large part in community life for over 200 years as a place for celebration and comfort, for proposing marriage or scattering ashes, so the townspeople were not prepared to let it go. Many stories were received about the tree so it was decided to put them together in a book, which was a complete sell-out. One year later, the Lonely Tree is still alive – volunteers covered the roots – still green in places, and it is hoped that the trunk may ‘phoenix’ – with a new tree rising from the fallen one.
Having been a runner-up in the National Trust Competition – Special Places in Wales, the tree was entered into the Woodland Trust competition to name the Welsh Tree of the Year, through a public vote. People from near and far voted enthusiastically and Lonely Tree was declared Welsh Tree of the Year 2014, taking 25% of the total votes. To mark the occasion locally, Iolo Williams, the famous and passionate environmentalist is coming to Lonely Tree Llanfyllin at 11 am on Sunday February 8th to unveil a stone plaque recording the tree’s success. It is hoped that many people will make the climb to the tree to welcome him and also hear the song performed by Ken and Ruth Powell, one of several songs written especially about the tree.
Has Lonely Tree got a chance against the mighty European competition? Well, only if it can count on votes from people all over Wales. The aim of the European competition states: “We are not searching for the oldest, the tallest, the most beautiful or the rarest of trees. We are searching for the most lovable tree, a tree with a story that can bring a community together.” Will there be a tree in the competition as lovable….with a story that can bring a community together – as the Lonely Tree? The local organisers now hope to bring together the community of Montgomeryshire, Powys, and the whole of Wales, in support of their lovable old tree.
LET’S WIN IT FOR WALES!
The Lonely Tree Committee hopes everyone will go to www.llanfyllin.org where there is a link to www.treeoftheyear.org Voting will take place from Feb 1st until Feb 28th. The Committee asks everyone to vote and please spread the word around family and friends about the Welsh entry: The Lonely Tree. Tree Fever is needed! AND ALSO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO COME AND MEET IOLO WILLIAMS AT11am ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8th.
An appeal for donations towards the preservation and upkeep of the Lonely Tree has been set up.
You can donate directly to this project using the button below – naming the amount you’d like to give.
LONELY TREE COMMITTEE:
Pauline Page-Jones 01691648227/07989766220 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Goodman (Llanfyllin website) 07890139874 email@example.com
Peter Lewis (owner of Lonely Tree) 07966302708 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Williams (Mayor of Llanfyllin) Richard Kretchmer
More information on votelonelytree.org
MORE ABOUT THE TREE…
- Listen out for Lonely Tree [ 20th November 2014 ]
- Lonely Tree on Radio Wales and Radio Cymru – listen now [ 25th November 2014 ]
- Lonely Tree wins Welsh Tree of the Year 2014 [ 24th October 2014 ]
- Lonely Tree book sold out but available as a download [ 22nd August 2014 ]
- Lonely Tree up for Welsh Tree of the Year 2014 [ 20th August 2014 ]
- The Many Lives of Lonely Tree [ 27th July 2014 ]
- Tea at the Tree photos [ 20th April 2014 ]
- Welsh town celebrates fallen ‘Lonely Tree’ in style with hilltop book launch [ 1st April 2014 ]
- Press Pack : Lonely Tree Book Launch [ 1st April 2014 ]
- Lonely Tree on BBC TV – if you missed it [ 14th March 2014 ]
- Donate to Llanfyllin’s Fallen Lonely Tree Appeal [ 20th February 2014 ]
- YouTube playlist
VISITING THE TREE
The tree is accessible via a nearby footpath. The path can be muddy and is quite steep in parts.
The footpath can be reached from Derwlwyn Lane (also known as Delwyn Lane) on the outskirts of Llanfyllin.
Following Delwyn Lane takes you over the old railway bridge, a bridge over the Cain river, past a sharp turn to the left and then a cattle grid. Shortly after you pass the sewage works, there’s a small stream coming off the hillside, just after this, turn northwards (left) and follow the track uphill.
You’ll pass a small spring (Jack Saddler’s Well) on your left that streams along the path and then there’s a wide up-sloping valley. Aim for the signpost at the top. Once you’re at the crest, look for the path leading right. The tree is about 100 yards south-west from this point.
Please be aware that although most of the walk up is a public footpath, the tree itself and the path leading to it is on private land. The Lewis family have kindly allowed access to the tree. Also sheep graze on the site, so please keep dogs under control.
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If you’re into Geocaching, there is a small cache very close by!
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