THIS VOTE IS NOW CLOSED. LONELY TREE DID WELL, COMING THIRD AFTER PENARTH PIER AND CYFARTHA CASTLE
The Lonely Tree has been voted one of Wales’s top 10 Special Places in a major campaign by National Trust Wales to get the country talking about what makes the places in Wales so special – and now the race is on to get it crowned as the top spot.
For the past six weeks the conservation charity’s Special Places campaign has sparked a national conversation that has seen people talking about, and voting for, their own ‘special place’ in Wales – and now the public are being asked to vote to help make The Lonely tree champion as it battles against places such as Dyffryn Gardens, Gower and Hay-on-Wye.
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Cllr Peter Lewis from the Lonely Tree committee was at the The Royal Welsh Agricultural showground yesterday to see the top ten list announced:
1) Penarth Pier
4) Brecon Beacons
6) Dyffryn House and Gardens
7) Snowdonia National Park
8) Cyfarthfa Castle
10) The Lonely Tree
The Lonely Tree was shortlisted by judges for the way the town rallied together to keep alive something that means so much to it.
The Lonely Tree was also voted by the public for its great views of the Wrekin – and today celebrities, AMs and local townspeople are getting behind The Lonely Tree and urging the public to vote for it as the final winner.
With recent research by The Trust showing the places we grew up are officially the most special to people in Wales (44 per cent), Special Places is aiming to celebrate everyone’s own unique places and help preserve them for all to enjoy.
Ann Williams, Llanfyllin Town Mayor, said of the news:
“What great news to hear that The Lonely Tree has made the shortlist for Special Places. It really is such a strong symbol of how much a community can stick together and keep something alive – we still get so much interest in the tree and plenty of visitors who undoubtedly see it as a very special place in Wales. It would be fantastic to get this in the top spot – I’ll certainly be rooting for it and placing my vote.”
TV wildlife presenter and Special Places judge, Iolo Williams, said:
“The Lonely Tree brings back such good memories of my own childhood and being amazed at this lone tree that had stood for over 150 years. I think the fact that it blew over only added to its magic as the community came together to spearhead a campaign to keep it alive – even people from across the world donated funds for the cause. It would be great to see this little gem of a place take the winning spot this year.”
The iconic tree joins a line-up of much-loved beaches, landmarks and places of cultural interest which have made the National Trust Special Places shortlist for 2014.
The shortlist was chosen by a panel of official judges, a mixture of travel and heritage experts including broadcaster Roy Noble, travel journalist and TV Presenter Simon Calder and TV wildlife presenter Iolo Williams, who are spearheading the campaign and calling on the public to join in and vote for their favourite place to be crowned Wales’ official Special Places.
To vote for their winner vote via Twitter using #lleoeddarbennig / #specialplaces @NTWales or on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1nJMU6f
Speaking of the shortlist, Special Places judge and travel expert Simon Calder commented: “This fascinating shortlist demonstrates the joyful diversity of Wales: I can’t wait to see if traditional seaside locations, Penarth Pier and Tenby, are trumped by the nation’s outstanding natural beauty – or whether the works of man will prevail.”
Special Places panel member and National Trust’s Director for Wales, Justin Albert, commented:
“As a conservation charity which looks after special places all across Wales, our campaign is really all about celebrating and preserving the different places in Wales that mean the most to us. So whilst a few of the shortlist may seem like obvious choices, there are some true hidden gems in there which people may never have even heard of.
“It’s been exciting to see what places people across Wales have been gunning for the top spot over since the start of the campaign – we can’t wait to see which Special Place comes out on top.”
With more than 90 per cent of people believing more should be done to preserve special places, the winning Special Place will be given help and support by The Trust to help preserve and promote it in Wales alongside campaign partners Cadw, Cynnal Cymru and Visit Wales.
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